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Issue #123 ---- October 2015
So it's October and that means we are near crazy with activity trying to get ready for Quilt Market and Festival!
But this year, our new assistant (at right) has been an incredibly helpful asset as we push toward our deadline.
And just in case you aren't aware that we've hired some new help, you can find out all about him by clicking HERE!
So enjoy this month's edition of Kat Bytes and we'll get back to work!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Delores Adams of Belle Chase, LA!
Her "Parisian" Quattro was the deserving winner in our September Handbag of the Month contest! Delores wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery. Click here to see her beautiful entry!

So...are you ready to see this month's entries?
We've got EIGHT more fantastic entries to share with you, so without further delay, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite.

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Carol Drew of Toutle, WA created this gorgeous embroidered Quattro. Isn't her embroidery amazing? And here's a peek at the back.
Carol ALSO created this bold and brilliant Baggalista! I LOVE this print which Carol which was cut and centered perfectly! What a FUN bag this would be to carry! I'm just not sure which one I love more.  :)
Donna Lucas-Mudd is back & this time she's worked her magic on our Bellagio Bag. Donna chose a contemporary upholstery remnant for the exterior. I'm thinking that Donna is probably the talk of Felton, CA when she carries this beauty! Here's a peek under the Flap.
This Quattro was created by Edna Fitzgerald of Tyler, TX. Edna had this fabric for months before deciding to use for this bag and I'd say she saved it for just the right project!
And wouldn't this Quattro be fun to carry? Anna Psotova of Bratislava even created a matching zipper case especially for it!  Click here to see the zippered main compartment area.
And Anna must've enjoyed making her  Quattro (above), because she ALSO made this graphic black & white beauty! Click here to see the zippered main compartment. I love them BOTH!
This Bellagio Bag by Celia Oliver of the UK has a distinctive Parisian feel! This bag has quickly become Celia's  favorites and not only that... now it seems that almost ALL of the female members of her family now want one too! As for me, I'm fascinated with the flap material which looks a bit like cork!  :)   And here's a peek under that Flap!
And finally, it seems that Anne Foster of Burlington, NC is a cat lover... of the LARGE variety that is! This "big cat" print does wonders for our Quattro pattern and I like that Anne mixed a little green into this palette!
OK, ready to vote now?
 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
If you're new here and want to catch up or if you missed any of our posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
Bobbin Around the Web- Alison Glass Design
  Alison Glass is a surface designer who lives with her family in Virginia. Her fabric collections are available thru Andover Fabrics, but she also has some fantastic quilt designs available on her website. My favorites are Timber, and Shift, both modern designs. You can see much more of Alison's work on her website & while you're there, you might check out her FaceBook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages.
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This collection of actual signs is SURE to make your smile! Which one do YOU like the best... I think I like the "Instagram" sign the best!
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TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
I think you'll like this tongue-in-cheek look at what life is like before and then after getting a cat. 
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With the gift-giving season upon us, it's time for a bow-making refresher session!
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Quote of the Month- 
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3 Cute 'Tute's- 
So who can't use another handy little storage pouch? Here's THREE different tutorials to choose from and just in time for the gift-giving season! And YES... they just happen to be FREE!
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Picture of the Month-
I know this isn't a cat picture but it cracked me up so I included it here.
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Shop Safely During the Holidays- 
staysafeonline.org –It's always important to protect yourself online, and even more so during the holiday shopping season. The tips on this site may seem like common sense but you may not remember, for example, to print transaction details. It's worth a visit so you can stay safe while getting your shopping done.
Do you find yourself constantly scrolling thru your Instagram filters looking for the one that makes your pictures "look" the best? If you're like me, you tend to use the same 2 or 3 all the time, so why not edit your selection and same yourself some time, right? Just click HERE to watch a quick video on how to do that!  :)

New Word of the Month- 
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Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.
To test this theory, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned 200 older people to different activities. Some learned digital photography. Another group took up quilting.... (now Click HERE to find out what happened!)
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
Tell me if this is true at YOUR house?
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Monthly Trivia-
Today is Sunday, the 11th day of October, the 284th day of 2015, and there's only 81 days remaining in this year! That's scary, no? And here's something else that's a little scary... Did you know that it was 40 years ago today that one of my all-time favorite TV shows premiered. That's right, Saturday Night Live which featured live skits, commercial parodies and news satire is officially 40 years ago today! And you know what? It seems like everyone I talk to has a different favorite character from this iconic show, but for me it was Gilda Radner.
And if today just happens to be your birthday, then you are in good company since pop-singer Daryl Hall is also celebrating his special day today, so here's a great big "Happy Birthday" to YOU from all of us here at StudioKat Designs. And if today isn't your birthday, you can celebrate today anyway by clicking here to see one of my favorite Gilda Radner skits or by clicking here to listen to this  Daryl Hall classic!
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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