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Issue #117--------April 2015
Spring is finally here in North Carolina and we're currently in the midst of packing for our very first AQS Quiltweek in Paducah, KY! Come and see us in Booth #3414, and you won't be attending, be on the lookout for our followup blogpost about the show in our next newsletter!
But for now, let's get started!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Sharon Anderson!                              Her "luminous" Porta-Pockets Purse Insert was the runaway winner in our 3rd Purse insert of the YEAR contest! Sharon 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 TEN more fantastic entries to share with you, so without further delay, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite.

(For BIGGER images: Click on each individual pic)

If you're a "Gone with the Wind" fan, you'll love this Quattro created by Linda Arsement of Lake Charles, LA. Linda said it's her favorite movie and that she got this fantastic fabric from the Gone with the Wind Museum in Jefferson, TX. And here's a look at the back depicting one of my favorite scenes from the movie!
The batik fabrics used by Wendy Hallett (of Jasper, MI) for this Wrapsody give it an extra-special look! Wendy said that she's been saving these fabric for something special which is exactly what this Wrapsody is!
Theresa Clark of Tonopah, AZ says that she LOVES panda bears and gets compliments on this Quattro everywhere she goes! I can see why, can't you?
And Patti Foley used e different Kaffe Fassett fat quarters to fashion her Uptown Saddlebag.   I love the lime-colored zippers (which you can see best on the backside). Patti chose and she says she loves her bag and finds it very comfortable to carry.
And it good to have another entry from Shirley Allen of NJ. This time she created a dramatic Quattro in black ultra suede, then she embroidered orchids  on the front and back!
Barb Blasey of Clarkston, WA used Laurel Burch fabrics (always a favorite of mine) to created this this show-stopping Guardian!
This beautiful batik Gadabout was created by Wendy Amoore of Mexico. (Here's how the back looks.) She said she REALLY enjoyed making and now carrying her bag!
Veronica Johnson of Tasmania, Australia created this amazing Wrapsody. I love the way her bag looks fully organized. She said that she made this particular bag for her sister! Lucky girl, no?
Veronica ALSO made this floral Wrapsody only she said she'll be keeping this one for herself! I can't decide which I like better: the interior or the exterior!  
This bubblicious  Wrapsody was created by Betsy Gust of Plano, TX. She said the online pdf downloads were helpful during the trickier steps. And here's a peek at the interior with 3 zippered pockets and storage areas.
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Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
Did you miss any of our posts from March? If you did its no problem, they're all listed below.
Bobbin Around the Web- Serendipity Studio
  I took a look at Kay Whitt's designs recently because she happens to be in a FaceBook group in which I participate, and was so impressed that I just had to share it with all of you! 
I especially like the Tara Tank dress which looks like perfect beachwear and since I'm generally more of a "skirt girl", I was immediately drawn to Kay's book, Fashion Formula Skirts! Just click here to see the full garment line and don't forget to visit Kay's blog and FaceBook page while you're there!  :)
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Just in case you didn't know it, Ruffle Fabric is the lastest "big thing" on the fabric scene. It comes in solids, polka dots and all sorts of cool prints and here's the best part... the website is chock loaded with great tutorials to show you how to make best use of
your ruffles! I like this skirt tutorial, or how about this adorable diaper cover? I think you'll have fun checking out the many ways this fabric can be used and while you're there, of course i recommend you check out their FaceBook page and Blog.
TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
Asking your houseguests to view this video prior to visiting is a great way for them to understand how your cat expects them to behave! Great idea I think!--- Click the image to view it!
This Great Dane puppy evidently hates to get up in the morning as bad as I do, only he's a LOT more vocal about it! ---Click the image to view it!
A Beginner Project- A Beach Towel Tote
Warm weather is around the corner (THANK GOODNESS!) and it will soon be time to think about things to keep the kids occupied during those lazy days of summer, right?
Well here's a fun and useful beginner project for the budding sewist in your family. Click here for the details and a tutorial!

Quote of the Month- 
Something I try to remember always!
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Look What I Found OnLine- Ten IKEA products for your Sewing Room
Could your sewing space use a little more organization? Whose doesn't, right? Well here's a post I found that describes TEN IKEA products that can be used as is, or can be easily adapted for use in your sewing room!
Click here to check out the advice!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
I wish I could train my cat to do this when the hubster snores!  :)
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Techie Tutorial of the Month- How a Sewing Machine works
I hope you enjoy this fascinating video that demonstrates as clearly as i have ever seen how a sewing machine works!
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New Word of the Month- Procrastibaking
Sounds yummy to me!
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As crazy as jumping into an icy lake may seem to most of us, that’s exactly what 36-year-old ice bather (and duck rescuer) Lars Jørun Langøien was already there to do anyway. When he spotted the duck, he was already in swimwear, so he simply dove in to rescue it and give it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Now, some people are calling Langøien Karl, King of Ducks, and the name certainly fits! 
Click HERE to read more and see more pictures!
Cat Picture of the Month-
I think cats really do work together this way, don't you?
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Monthly Trivia-
Today is Friday, the 10th day of April 2015. And it's also on this day in 1849 that a US patent was issued to Walter Hunt but that was nothing new because Walter had no trouble
thinking up new ideas. First he invented a machine to spin flax. Then he invented a fire engine gong, a forest saw, a stove that burned hard coal. His inventions worked, but he just did not have the knack for making money from them. But one day in 1849 Walter Hunt wanted to pay a fifteen-dollar debt to a friend. So he decided to invent something new.
From a piece of brass wire about eight inches long, coiled at the center and shielded at one end, he made the first safety pin. He took out a patent on his invention, sold the rights to it for four hundred dollars (about $1000 in today's currency), paid his friend back and had three hundred eighty-five dollars to spare. Then he watched his latest brainstorm go on to become a million-dollar earner for some else! 
But you know what? This make wonder... How in the world did Moms diaper their babies prior to the safety pin? I did some checking and didn't come up with much so if any of you know the answer, do let me know?  :)

Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
It's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule- Let's Meet Up!
We'll be in Booth #3414 in the "River Room" 
(Convention Center 2nd floor).
It's our very FIRST time in Paducah, so we'd love to see a few friendly faces! 

If you're a Retailer, please stop by our booth (#2200) in Minneapolis! We'll have models on-hand of all of our designs including our two new releases for Spring, the HipBag Hybrid and the Card Cozy!

Our upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
AQS Quilt Week- April 22-25, 2015, Paducah, KY
International Spring Quilt Market- May 15-17, 2015,  Minneapolis, MN
International Fall Quilt Market - October 24-26, 2014,  Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Oct 28- Nov 1, 2014,  Houston, TX
Road 2 California Quilters Conference  - Jan 21-24, 2016,  Ontario, CA 
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