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Issue #137----December 2016
So.... just as this newsletter was being delievered to your inbox, our plane is touching down in Greensboro, NC. We're fresh from a fun & fantabulous weekend in NYC, so while we're gathering our luggage & driving home, go ahead & get started on this, the Holiday edition of Kat Bytes which includes info about our annual Bag Sale, a terrific discount offer & TWO new advertisers you'll want to check out!
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Cathi Page
of Colorado Springs, CO!
Her "Quattro" was the winner in our November "Handbag of the Month" contest, which means that she wins a $25.00 SKD virtual gift certificate PLUS a permanent place of honor in our Handbag Gallery. Click HERE to see her beautiful entry!

BUT...it's a new month and time to reset for a new contest,  & since it's December that means "The Battle of the 2nd Place Finishers", so just scroll down to see the TEN gorgeous entries!
then click HERE to cast a vote for your favorite.

(For LARGER images: Click on each individual pic)

Our 2nd place finisher for January of this year was this Quattro created by Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ. She even included a little butterfly charm as a zipperpull. Cheryl says that butterflies are a recurring theme in the fabric she chooses.
This Quattro by Pamela Clayton of Johannesburg, S.Africa was our 2nd place finisher in February. Pam utilized an ethnic material called Shweshwe for the  unique exterior treatment!
Coming in 2nd in March was this jungle-themed Triple Play created by Mandy Mitchell of the UK. Mandy made this bag for her grown up daughter who always tries to visit a zoo wherever she goes!
And here’s our 2nd place finisher for the month of April 2016… an outstanding Triple Play by Pam Hayes who said she wasn’t quite sure she would like this color combination until she got it made up. I think it’s VERY striking, don’t you?
In May of this year, it was this eye-popping Bellagio Bag was created by Peta Lawes of WA, Australia that came in 2nd. The fabric is incredible and seems tailor-made for the assymetrical Flap of this bag!
This yummy Quattro was created by Mary Lou Wightman of BC, Canada and it was our 2nd place finisher in June. She said she lucked up & got these beautiful fabrics from a woman who had to sell off much of her stash because she was moving!
And this red, white & blue Cosmo Convertible came in 2nd in our July contest. Looks like it will be right at home whether Karen Wetherall is traveling in the US or in the country she calls home, the UK.
And Rebekah Harris (from upstate SC) is a music lover and loves incorporating musical themes into the things she sews for herself! I love the clef fabric she used to embellish her Cosmo Convertible which garnered 2nd place in our August contest.
And Lynne Newberry of Longmont, CO used fabric from Peggy Toole‘s “Lumina” collection for her HipBag Hybrid, the 2nd place finisher in our September event. Lynne said she made this versatile bag  for a vacation in Chicago!
And our final 2nd place finisher of the year (in November) was  Annette Macher who told me that she’s had this elephant fabric for quite sometime now and didn’t know at the time what she would make with it, but it sure looks fabulous on this Triple Play!
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So.... Once a year we throw open our closets and offer you some fantastic deals on sample bags that will no longer be traveling with us to shows. These are show bags and have never been used in the normal sense of the word. They’re in pristine condition & each is a ONE-OF-A-KIND StudioKat Designs original made by me! That means there’s only one of each of these styles available for purchase!
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New Word of the Month- Pluviophile
Sometimes this word describes ME!
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From the Website- 
Just in case you missed it any of our posts this month, or if you're new here, they re all listed below for you. Just click on them individually to catch up! xxxxxxxx
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Our Annual Pattern Sale!- Stock up on patterns at 30% off!
Our BIGGEST Sale of the Year!
NOW is the time to stock up on patterns while we have our BIG pattern clearance sale! Just use coupon code TAKE35 to get 35% off individual patterns! Click HERE to get started, but don't delay, because this sale ends next Sunday night at midnight (12/18)! Buy one pattern, or as many as you like and get 35% off the entire bundle!
(Please note- Offer cannot be applied toward the purchase of products that are already bundled or discounted.)
Bobbin' Around the Web- Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Looking for a way to make a gift card a little more..."personal"? Then check out this video at left to let Cheryl Lynch show you how to make fun & unique gift card holders. They're quick & easy to make, fun to give and best of all, it's a sure way to make your giftee SMILE!
And while you're on Cheryl's site, don't miss the opportunity to see Cheryl's amazing quilts!
Quote of the Month- 
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Maryann was our neighbor at Quilt Festival last month and we REALLY enjoyed having her "across the street" from us and getting to know her husband and her trusty sidekick "Sparkle". There was only one problem. Watching people try on her glamourous fashions was VERY tempting and I came hme with a few pieces myself! Who can resist her gorgeous clothes? Especially since most are machine washable, right? Anyway, check out her site and if you have an event coming up that calls for a bit of glam, I think you'll be pleased with what you see! I especially liked her beautiful jackets & shawls!  
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The hanging dishtowels you find at craft fairs tend towards the “country kitchen” style, so when Mara's mom said that she had seen some fabric ones and thought it would be a great Christmas gift,  it seemed like a good opportunity to make something more contemporary. She played dumb and told her mom to snap a picture of the one she had bought so I could see what she meant, but went ahead in the meantime and designed her own and now she's decided to share it. Click here for the free tutorial.
TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
We needed THIS guy on the US Ping Pong team this past summer!
 Click image or HERE to watch it.
Totally fascinating to watch,
(can't imagine having enough time to do this though!)
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A man got lost while he was hiking in the mountains in Gimmelwald, Switzerland & a cat came up to him and showed him the way.
"Gimmelwald is a tiny, stunningly beautiful village. I actually got 'lost' in the surrounding mountains. It was the end of ski season when I got to Lauterbrunnen, so the lifts weren't working and some of the trails were closed," reddit user sc4s2cg  said.
"I was checking my map to see how I can get back to the hostel, and the only official way down was through a trail that was closed. And that's how I met that handsome cat."
{Click HERE to read more & see MORE pics!}
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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Well, so long for now and until next month, remember...
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AQS Quiltweek Paducah - Apr 19-22, 2017 - Paducah, KY
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