"Kat Bytes"
the monthly newsletter of
StudioKat Designs
Issue #155
June 2018
Hello & WELCOME!
The weather's finally warm, the kids are out of school, summer is finally here in North Carolina, but somehow we skipped right over Spring.  :( 
But on a more positive note, we're almost ready to publish our newest bag pattern, the Sling Along. Scroll down for more info about it along with an important notice about a very special email we'll be sending you as we start the staggered roll-out! Speaking of which, I better get back to work so enjoy this month's edition of Kat Bytes and I'll be back in touch soon!
*Please note- the Sling Along website is not LIVE yet.
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"Eye Candy" from May
The bags you see below are among those that customers have shared either on our FaceBook business page, our Instagram feed or on our brand new Group page on FaceBook. So thanks to ALL who posted their pictures last month! They were ALL great and here's a few of my favorites!
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Diane Rhodes is one of our testers and said that out of all the bags she has made, the HipBag Hybrid is STILL her favorite pattern!
Judy Mace created this embroidered Quattro for her daughter. Judy said this design is from the "Christmas Traditions" book by Tracey Sims & Urban Zundt
Gayle Dumas said this Go-Go Compact was her 1st of MANY of our patterns to come for her.
    Don Dister bought this pattern from us at AQS Paducah & created this Guardian for his wife!
The exterior fabric that Nancy Greaver chose for her Everyday Attache was truly amazing. I bet she's having a blast carrying this beauty!
Mary-lou Wightman likes making Quattro bags for all of her friends and I bet whomever was on the receiving end for this beauty was thrilled!
Lugene Fernold added credit card slots to the "Secret Niche" area (above) of her Hipbag Hybrid! That was a smart add, Lugene!
I think its safe to say that Shireen Hattan LOVES polka dots! And this adorable Go-Go Compact could make a polkadot lover out of just about ANYONE!!
Here's a very classic and pretty Walkabout Wallet that was created by Karen Starck.
And last but not least, here's a very classy Baggalista that  Georgia Segura said has been a LONG time in the making! She'll be gifting it to her youngest daughter and these are her favorite colors!
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NEW from StudioKat Designs!  The Sling Along
Our new pattern will be releasing toward the end of June, we want to make sure that YOU are aware of it's availablility before anyone else, since we know that its our Kat Bytes subscibers who are our most loyal customers! So... be on the lookout for a special email blast from us sometime in late June, complete with a discount coupon good toward the purchase of our new pattern, the Sling Along!
We're putting the final touches on it as we speak and if all goes well at the printer, we should be ready for release soon during the week of June 25th.
This bag is actually our very first "unisex " bag and the sling-style strap allows you to wear it as a backpack, as a chestpack, or even shoulder-style! It's perfect for carrying all your important work stuff as well as your more important play stuff and its sized just right for traveling, shopping, spectating & other activites where going light-weight & handsfree is a BIG advantage! For more details and to see more pictures just click HERE to read one of our latests posts about it!  

Coming Soon!
The Sling Along pattern
*Please note- the Sling Along website is not LIVE yet.
Trending on our Website this Month-
Just in case you missed any of our posts this past month, you can easily catch up to the rest us because they're ALL listed below!
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
5/29/2014- Ask Kat: About Pattern Layout Instructions
TWO for your Viewing Pleasure-
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Quote of the Month-
This quote has always been a favorite of mine.
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The "Tech" Desk- Hashtags: What are they & how to follow them?
I know there's a lot of people who are confused about hashtags and maybe you're one of them?
So here's a quick & dirty lesson!
A hashtag is a label for content or pictures. It helps others who are interested in a certain topic, to quickly find similar content or pictures on that same topic.
A hashtag looks something like this:  #studiokatdesigns or #gogocompact
Hashtags are used mostly on social media sites. They rocketed to fame on Twitter. But now you can use hashtags on other social platforms, such as Instagram. Anyone sharing on Instagram can add a hashtag label to their picture so others can search for that topic & find other relevent pictures on Instagram.
For example, last month at my nephew's wedding we were given a hashtag to use for photos we shared on Instagram & then ALL of us could see the various photos being posted. It was FUN! And the best way to avoid missing other pictures using that same hashtag is to "follow it".
So how does one follow a Hashtag? It's simple! Using the example above, simply click on the magnifying glass on the bottom row and type the hashtag you want to follow into the search bar at the very top of your screen, (I typed in #studiokatdesigns). When the hashtag is found it will pop up and you'll see a blue "follow" button! Just click on it and you're all set. You'll see everything I post under that hashtag, AND I'll see everything YOU post using that hashtag! 
As Funny As Real Life-
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Cats in the News- The Cats of DisneyWorld
Animatronic animals aren’t the only “furry” friends who get to enjoy Disneyland and Disney World. In fact, Disney parks are home to a variety of different species. Including, an abundance of feral cats that have free range of Main Street, Tomorrowland, and all other areas of the parks.
Want to know why Disney keeps these feral felines around? We share the real reason for the cats of Disneyland, plus the terrifying creatures that call Walt Disney World home and other types of wild animals that can be found at the happiest place on Earth, next. {Click HERE to read more}
Increase Your Vocabulary-  Smonday
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Cat Picture of the Month-
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Featured Product of the Month - the Flaptastic Bag
This month we're featuring our Flaptastic bag pattern, which has oodles of interior storage space, a comfy wide shoulder strap and a roomy front storage pocket! It's fun bag to make and a great way to feature fabrics with large focal prints!
And starting today, you can get $2.99 off the retail price of either the stand-along pattern OR the "pattern + build-a-notions Kit" for the Flaptastic! Just use this discount code -
(Coupon code cannot be used in combination with any other discount offer.and expires at the stroke of midnight on Friday night, June 15th EDT)
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Cuddle Clones makes soft, adorable, customized stuffed-animal versions of pets! All you need do is submit a few pictures, & they'll send you your very own Cuddle Clone of your beloved pet!
For more information, click HERE, & don't forget to use the coupon code STUDIOKAT to get 10% off ALL of their products!
If you use the discount code (STUDIOKAT), or click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no additional cost to you.
Here's Pippin with
our two Cuddle Clones!
Come See Us at a SHOW!
Our Upcoming Show Schedule is as follows:
AQS Quiltweek Virginia Beach- Oct 3-6, 2018 - Virginia Beach , VA
Int'l Fall Quilt Market- Nov 3-5, 2018 - Houston, TX (note later date)
Int'l Quilt Festival-Nov 8-11, 2018-Houston, TX (note later date) 
Road to California 2019 - Jan 20-23, 2019  - Ontario, CA
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival - Feb 28- Mar 3, 2019 - Hampton, VA
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