"Kat Bytes"          Nov'13
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Hello and Welcome-
So... here we are, just barely back from this Fall's Quilt Market and our very first Quilt Festival! Both shows were very successful and we have oh-so-much to tell you, but since we've been up to our necks in back-logged work since we returned, it will have to wait until next month, so stay tuned because we have all kinds of goodies to share with you!
But-in the meantime, let's get started! 

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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Linda Stiltz who was the winner of our October Handbag of the Month contest! She wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her incredibly embellished Quattro!
The weather may be cooling off but the competition sure hasn't, so without further adieu, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite. 

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This divinely neutral Uptown Saddlebag created by    Daren Whitehorn oof Albuquerque, NM. This bag features two separate, full-length storage areas.
This dramatic Quattro features a flamboyant peacock on the front pouch. It was submitted by Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, MI. The back is just as pretty as the front and here's a closeup of the zippered main compartment area.
This Guardian was created by Lisa Mechem of Morgan, UT. Lisa advised that she used a Robert Kaufman print and this will be her work bag. I think these locking zippers are ideal for the concealed-carry area don’t you? Lisa says she got them at Zelikovitz.com
And here we have the 1st ever Cosmo Convertible entry in our contest. It was created by Cindy Long of McMurray, PA. She says she used charm packs of Moda’s Juggling Summer and Kona Black then used a Twister template to get this unique effect! It’s mesmerizing, isn’t it?  :)
This stunning Quattro was created by Ruth Abid of Roseville, CA. Ruth fashioned the exterior from a pink floral fat quarter and other complimentary fabrics. Don’t you LOVE the yellow zipper? and she also added a little interior pocket she she won’t lose her chapstick! :)
Sharyn Graham of Australia is the creative mind behind this Cirque Sac, the first of many Sharyn intends to make. The Cirque Sac is one of our retired patterns but you can find it here.
This heart-motif Quattro was created by Irene Taylor of Sydney, Australia. Here’s a closeup of the initialized, matching heart embellishment for her bag! Irene says she’s keeping this Quattro  but has plans to make others for friends this season!
This Bellagio Bag was created by Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, MI. She made it for this year’s “Push the Envelope” contest at the American Sewing Expo. She was given two spools of brown thread, one spool of green and a cranberry zipper and told to create her project.
I think it was very clever to add the little diagonal zipper pocket to the front flap and she created a plaid exterior by quilted the outside pieces. Good Luck Shannon!
And finally, Carol Laske created this bold & beautiful Quattro. Carol said that she used Texture Magic on the front pouch area to give it a unique look and added several additional pockets on the interior for convenience. I simply adore the color combination she chose and as you can see, the back is just as pretty as the front!
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Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
Enjoy an insider's scoop on what's happening behind the scenes at StudioKat Designs, by signing up for our blog, "A Work In Progress". If you're new to our blog, or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below. 
Bobbin Around the Web- Carolina Patchworks
Whether you're a fan of "modern" quilting or not, I encourage you to check out Carolina Patchworks. You'll find oodles of patterns for the beginner to the advanced quilter who wants to create striking modern quilts.
Emily Cier has also created specialty quilt patterns for Christmas, for kids, for video game lovers and for that "geeky" friend of yours. One of my favorites is the Typosaurus Quilt!
And while your here, check out Emily's Blog!
'HOT'Links-of-the-Month'- check out these GREAT offers from our sponsors
Immedia Print- We print patterns and MUCH MORE! Click here to see our various services
FaveQuilts.Com- Sewing projects for Thanksgiving! Download the FREE ebook!
PursePatterns.Com- Click HERE to check out this month's pattern bargains!
Material Girl Quilts- This aboriginal print would look fantastic on one of our bags!
SewChic Patterns- Get 15% off patterns in Sew Chic's Etsy store. Use STUDIOKAT (until 12/7)
TrishStuartDesigns- Click HERE to check out Trish's FaceBook Page
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Website Spotlite- Hemma Design, LLC
Hemma Design offers bright & cheery patterns for home and bicycle accessories PLUS a new fabric collection (and an accompanying pattern) done in collaboration with Red Rooster Fabrics. Kathy McGee (the designer), says she is inspired by the richness of Minnesota's landscape and changing seasons. Of course my favorite pattern is featured at right, the Troll Handlebar Bag Pattern!   SO cute!
And while your here, check out Kathy's FaceBook page and Etsy shop.
Video of the Month- Dog Drinking Water in Slo-MO
  This video of a dog drinking water in slo-motion totally blows my mind. I had no idea that their tongue curled backward! No wonder there's water all over the floor!  Click HERE to watch it!
Blog of the Month- Green Fairy Quilts
Many of you are familiar with Judy Madsen, a true quilting wizard! But for those of you who arent, and even if you are, I thought should be aware of her blog because a true source of inspiration! You can shop amongst her patterns (my favorite is Butterfly Mania). And while your here, check out her FaceBook page and her Pinterest boards!  
Quote of the Month- 
"If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion".                
      George Bernard Shaw
Cat Video of the Month- Adopted Baby Squirrel Learns to Purr
Ever heard of a squirrel that could purr? I never had either until I watched this little video of an adopted baby squirrel who learned to purr from his kitten brothers and sisters. Click HERE to watch the show!
Look What I Found OnLine- Budget-Friendly Gifts
  Looking for some thoughtfull, yet inexpensive holiday gift ideas? This site offers plenty of inspiration, especially if you're crafty. You'll find instructions for making things like gift baskets, greeting cards, tie-dyed items, homemade bath salts and much MORE! You can also do a search for a gift you want to learn to make and you can even download a gift certificate template as well as some ideas for services you can include on your certificate to make it a more personal gift! :)
Crafty Tutorial of the Month- The Perfect Wallet Tutorial
I guess we've attempted to make the Perfect Wallet for ourselves at one time or another, no? I know I have. Well... this little tutorial is so named because it claims to be THE perfect fabric wallet. I guess only YOU can be the judge of that, so if you're interested in giving it a go, just click HERE to get started!
New Word of the Month- Chicken-thirty
(chĭk'ən-thûr'tē) a. (n.) Refers to a ridiculously early time in the morning when the roosters start to crow.    Example: I'd better stop drinking and go home. I have to be up at chicken-thirty.
Whether it's a personal page for you and your cat, a blog you're hoping to eventually make money off of, or a shelter you're helping out, these basic tenets of social media will help boost your success by not only expanding your reach, but also giving your message clarity and a sense of legitimacy. (click HERE to read more.)
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Minneapolis (9/28/13)- It was past quitting time at a new textile factory here, but that was not the only reason the work floor looked so desolate. Under the high ceilings, the fluorescent lights still bright, there were just 15 or so industrial sewing machines in a sprawling space meant for triple that amount. The issue wasn’t poor demand for the curtains, pillows and other textiles being produced at the factory. Quite the opposite. The owner, the Airtex Design Group, had shifted an increasing amount of its production here from China because customers had been asking for more American-made goods. (Click HERE to read more)
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Monthly Trivia-
Today is Saturday, November 9th, the 313th day of 2013 and there's only 52 days remaining in this year. YIKES! Kinda scary, right?
And if you think you might be detecting a whiff of cake, you're probably right because I don't image Lou Ferrigno (aka the Incredible Hulk) who celebrate his birthday with anything other than an incredibly LARGE cake, do YOU? He shares his special day with someone who is if anything, the antithesis of the Incredible Hulk, television personality, Nick Lachey and folk singer/activist Mary Travers (R.I.P.) of Peter, Paul & Mary. And if today is also YOUR birthday, here's a great big "Happy Birthday to You" from StudioKat Designs! And if today is not your birthday, you can celebrate the day anyway by watching this video of a little known work of Peter, Paul & Mary, "The First Tiime Ever I Saw your Face", which contrary to popular belief was written by Ewan MacColl and was NOT the original work of Roberta Flack, (although I love her version as well).
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
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