"Kat Bytes"       June'14
the monthly newsletter for StudioKat Designs

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of the Month
"Too bad you don't collect reviews on your patterns. I just finished the Quattro and i've got to tell you - it's the 1st decently engineered bag pattern I've ever gotten from an indie designer, and besides that... it's gorgeous! Thanks!"  

Here's our most popular FACEBOOK posts from May 2014!

From 5/14/14--
A new ironing board! 
From 5/24/14--
a fun, patchwork couch!
From 5/28/14-- do you agree?
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Hello and Welcome-
Normally June is kind of a lazy month for us, but not so THIS year! We're in the final throes of publishing our new handbag pattern and at the same time we're making final preps to leave everything behind for a couple weeks of vacation.
So try to ignore the crazywoman in the background as you read!  :)
And as usual, if you have comments or suggestions about our Newsletter, please feel free to let us know at info@studiokatdesigns.com
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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Marilyn McAllister of Aberdeen, NC. She was pretty much the runaway winner of our May contest! Marilyn wins a $25.00 SKD gift certificate and a permanent place of honor on our website. Click here to see her jaguar-crazy Guardian! The race for 2nd place was extremely close but Dale Whyte prevailed with her travel-inspired Baggalista and you'll get another chance to support that entry in December when we host our 4th annual "Battle of the HOM 2nd's"!

So...are you ready to see this month's entries?
We've got a gorgeous group of 10 to share with you this month, so without further adieu, check out this month's nominees, then cast a vote for your favorite. 

(To see BIGGER pictures: Click on each individual image)
Chrystina Power of Spring, TX created this elegant Quattro. She tells me this gorgeous number was fabricated completely from her stash, one piece of which has been there 5+ years!
And this Quattro looks good enough to eat, and I bet it tastes like citrus, no? It was created by Sharon Wright of Melissa, TX and here's a peek at the interior!
And this fashion forward Gadabout comes to us all the way from Enisa Durakovic of Slovenia! I love the fun polka-dotted bias tape she chose and the VERY interesting zipper pull!  :)
Enisa also created this eye-popping Gadabout. Don't you LOVE the bright yellow interior? and look closely, she actually added ALL of the exterior stitching embellishment for both of these bags! Great job, girl!  :)  
And this Uptown Saddlebag by Sarah Dannerbeck of Santa Fe, NM strikes me a happy bag to carry. I'm not really familiar with this fabric but I like it!  :)
Jan Hellyer of Sydney, Australia created this Cordicella for her granddaughter's 4th birthday. She was having a "Princess Party" and those this fabric was quite appropriate! :)  I bet she loved it!
And this Quattro has what might be one of the most interesting stories I've heard yet! Wendy Holtorff of San Antonio, TX told me that she used a curtain panel she got at Goodwill Industries for the exterior. Isn't that cool? Here's a peek at the back!
And Juanita Jarrett of Attica, MI says that she received numerous compliments on her Boho Baguette, and I can certainly understand why!  :)
Alice Page loved the first Quattro she made so much that she 'had' to create another! When I first saw this picture it reminded me of a British garden
and sure enough, this picture was taken in Scotland where Alice lives part of the year. Here's a peek and the zippered main entry. Alice said she took this picture while in France.  :)
And last but not least is this eye-catching Boho Baguette by Rosemarie Sabey of Ransomville, NY. Rosemarie says she has made 5 or 6 Boho's so far as its her favorite pattern. Here's a peek at the roomy interior and I love this red fabric from StudioE.
OK, ready to vote now?
 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
New at SKD- The Wrapsody
It seems a bit peculiar getting releasing a new pattern in the summer, but that's exactly what we're getting ready to do next month!
For those of you that follow our Blog or our FaceBook page this is not news to
you, but for the benefit of the rest of you, here's a little info about our new pattern! The Wrapsody features an exterior zippered pocket and 3 interior zippered pocket dividers all wrapped & snapped securely within an easy to embellish exterior! We'll be officially releasing the Wrapsody in our July newsletter on July 10th, but you can see WAY more pictures and get fabric and notions info by clicking HERE!
Blog with us!-  A Work in Progress
We're in the midst of the NINTH edition of one of our most popular series, the Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC9 notation, so if you're new here, and want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
Bobbin Around the Web-  Kids Quilts.Com
Kids Quilts is a family business committed to the ongoing supply of patterns and kits to make original craft projects for children. They're located in Auckland City, New Zealand. Christine and Rachael (a mother / daughter team) say that it's a peaceful environment, great for inspiring creativity! 
I like the Oops-a-Daisy girls quilt because of the butterflies, and i think my grandson would LOVE Poppa's Digger because of the heavy equipment! And don't forget to check out their FaceBook page while you're on their site!
'HOT'Links-of-the-Month'- GREAT offers from our sponsors
PursePatterns.Com- Click HERE to check out this month's pattern bargains!
The Quilt Pattern Magazine- Click HERE to read about our Small Kennel Quilt Team!
All DunnDesigns.Com- FREE Download Special- A Simple Little Purse! 
Immedia Print- We print patterns and MUCH MORE! Click here to see our various services
Platinum So n Sews- Shipping is always free within the USA- click here to shop
So Long, Farewell! -  to the Vervalise
If you're a subscriber, then you know that occasionally we retire some of our older patterns. We can only maintain the level of support we like on but so many patterns and once again it's time bid farewell to an oldie but a goodie... the Vervalise
If you've never made this bag before, or if you want to add it to your collection, now would be the time since its now available at only $6.00!

Just click HERE to be see more pictures and details, or HERE to see it and the rest of our retirees!
Website Spotlite- Kaye England Productions
Kaye England designs fabrics for Wilmington Prints and heads her own publishing company, Kaye England Publications. Kaye travels the world conducting sell-out lectures and  
workshops showcasing her wonderful and infectious fabrics, patterns and quilts, as well as her unique and honest outlook on life. Kaye can also be seen on several episodes of HGTV’s Simply Quilts. And guess what? Kaye's got FOUR brand-new "Scrap Busting Patterns" available now on her site! My favorite is "Ode to Mary Ellen"! And while your there, don't forget to visit Kaye's FaceBook page to keep abreast of her new items as they come out!
Two to View-
Everyone knows there are REALLY big difference between the way cats and dogs interact with humans, but was if humans had either cat or dog personalities? Click HERE to see what THAT would be like!
This adorable little bird LOVES to sing! See how long it takes you to regocnize what song he's singing! Click HERE to begin!
Aren't these little zippered clutches adorable? (Just click the pictures at right to see a larger view!) And guess what? They're made from an old book cover and you can download the tutorial for FREE!
If you like what you see, click HERE to check it out!
Quote of the Month- 
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Look What I Found OnLine-  What to Write Inside a Card
Thinking of the best words to use when writing a personal message inside a greeting card can be so dran hard, right? This resource has some very thoughtful greetings you can use or change up to fit your style!
Click HERE to check it out!
New Word of the Month-  Phonesia
  1. a. (n.) The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer. 
  2. b. (n.) Getting to the end of a list of options on a recorded helpline number, only to forget which option one wanted; forcing them to listen to them again, and in some cases having to redial the number.
Techie Tutorial of the Month- The FaceBook Privacy Dinosaur
Question: When I was on Facebook recently, a "Privacy Reminder" pop-up window showed up with a dinosaur on it. Can you explain what's going on with this dinosaur?
Answer: Facebook is testing this pop-up reminder to encourage users — who are about to make public posts that all the world can see — to pay attention to who they're sharing with on its platform.
For those of you who haven't had a visit from the privacy dinosaur yet, its message reads, "Sorry to interrupt. You haven't changed who can see your posts lately, so we just wanted to make sure you're sharing this post with the right audience." It then asks the user to click on Friends, Public, or Options (for more choices).
It's a good reminder for all of us to think before we share on Facebook so we don't overshare with the wrong group of people.
Cat Picture of the Month-
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Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s feline rehabilitation show, My Cat From Hell, answer 10 questions about cats that you've probably always wondered about... like why they deliberately knock things over! Just click HERE to read the interview!
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
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During a recent class session, Virginia Commonwealth University engineering students Clayton Miller and Maricarl Hidalgo arranged dozens of yellow and black cloth triangles as they tried to design and create a small quilt that would evoke VCU’s Rams logo.
Miller and Hidalgo are two of 22 engineering students in a new experimental course on innovation – and quilting – at VCU.
--Click HERE to read more--
Monthly Trivia-
Today is June 9th, the 160th day of the year, and just in case you're interested, there are 205 days remaining in 2014. And if you think you're catching a whiff of birthday cake, you ARE because today is the birthday of two of Hollywood's best leading men! I've been a fan of Michael J Fox since WAY back to his "Family Ties" days and I very much admire the way he has persevered through his ordeal with Parkinson's Disease. Michael is celebrating his 53rd birthday today and he shares his special day with Johnny Depp (the best-looking pirate I know) who is 51.
And if today is also YOUR birthday, then 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 a very old Family Ties episode, or maybe by simply wearing some BOLD eyeliner and a headband for part or all of the day in honor of Johnny's legendary character from Pirates of the Caribbean!  :)
Well, that's it for now, so until next month, remember!
Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever!
Why Not Pass along the FUN?

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