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Issue #128-----March 2016
Hello & Welcome!
I'm so glad you're here but at this very moment we are packing up for the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show. But don't let that stop you! I've got some exciting information to share so go ahead & get started and I'll catch up with you at the end!

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 "Handbag of the Month" Gallery-
Congratulations to Marj Durling of Granville, NY!
Her "Laurel Burch"- inspired Wrapsody was lovely and prevailed over all of of the other entries last month! Marj 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!

BUT...it's a new month & there's already a new contest underway. Just scroll down to see this month's entries!
We've got NINE more fantastic entries to share with you, so check 'em out then cast a vote for your favorite.

(For BIGGER images: Click on each individual pic)


Let's kick it off with this amazing Quattro by Patti Foley. I totally love the houndstooth exterior and Patti said that she used 4 other premium cottons and then topped it off with complimentary monogramming on the front pocket.
And since this Quattro features butterflies, then that tells me that it's another creation by Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ. I really love the signature butterfly zipperpull as well!  :)
And Mandy Mitchell of the UK created this particular Triple Play for herself and as a cat lover I'm crazy about the exterior!
And how do you like the fabric that Cari Degraffenreid chose for her Guardian? I bet she's having fun carrying it!  :)
And this paisley-motifed Baggalista was created by Veronica Johnson of Lindisfarm, Australia. I like how she fussy-cut the fabric so the front and back highlights a different area of the fabric.  :)
Mandy Mitchell of the UK made this Triple Play bag for her grown up daughter who always tries to visit a zoo wherever she goes!
Sandy Kiester of Kansas is a FaceBook follower and posted a picture of this fun Gadabout! I love how Sandy embroidered cherries on the flap since they're reminiscent of the fabric repeat!
Cheryl Maass of Goodyear, AZ created this fantastic Quattro. I love the fabrications Cheryl chose and how she fussy-cut her fabric so perfectly on the front pocket.
This colorful Cosmo Convertible was created by Diane Rhodes of Monroeville, PA. I think this might be the third bag that Diane has made up in this stained-glass style fabric... each more beautiful than the last! Her Cosmo is set up as a shoulder bag in this photo, but all it can easily function as a backpack by just reconfiguring the straps!  
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 Only one vote per MONTH, per email address.
Announcing... a new retiree- The SideKick
We released the SideKick pattern way back in 2007 & its been a terrific pattern for us. However, It's time for us to make room for more new products so we've begun the process of saying goodby to this oldie but goodie.
We've still got some stock left though, & we're selling them at Half-price for as long as they last!
To get more info & see more pictures click HERE! And to see the rest of our retiree patterns, click HERE!
From the Website- 
We're in the midst of the TWELFTH cycle of one of our most popular blog series, Purse Pattern Chronicles. All posts in this series are all preceded with a PPC12 notation. And if you're new here, and you want to catch up or if you missed any of the posts from last month, don't worry, they're all listed below.
And now... Check out thie "Oldie but Goodie" from our Archives
Cat Picture of the Month-
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COMING SOON!- The Walkabout Wallet!
If you've been following the posts on our website, then you know that we'll soon be releasing a brand new pattern!
Our new design for Spring 2016 is actually our very 1st wallet pattern! We're calling it the Walkabout Wallet because it can easily be transformed into a handsfree clutch or cross-body bag in a SNAP (or two).
The official release for the Walkabout Wallet will be in our next newsletter in April which should be landing in your Inbox on the 11th. In the meantime, you can find out much more about our new pattern by following our posts HERE!
Bobbin Around the Web- Spellbinders
I've never been a scrapbooker and I really don't do too much applique, but if I did I would be so thrilled to find out about Spellbinders!
I saw thier booth at the Quilt Market last Fall and instantly knew that a lot of you would love to check out these products which you can see here. And while you're there, don't forget to check out their Blog and FaceBook page!
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TWO For Your Viewing Pleasure-
Click image to view video. This looks like FUN!
Guilty dogs crack me up! Click here to see if you agree!
Look What I Found OnLine- A Stash Rx
Here's a really great article (complete with pictures) that will help you reduce that stash of fabric in your closet AND will also teach you how to combine prints and colors bravely!!! I'm serious! Click the link below and give it a try! 
Quote of the Month- 
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Cats in the News- Page, the Store Cat
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Page the cat was found after being tossed in a dumpster like a piece of trash. Luckily, the folks at Book Buyers discovered and appropriately named the feline, who was just a tiny kitten at the time. With a little coaxing, Page befriended the humans, and now the kitty calls the bookstore home.
However, customer service isn’t exactly her specialty. (Click HERE to read more and to see many more adorable pictures!)
New Word of the Month-  Labourhood
Click image to see the definition of this word!
Angela Clayton is an eighteen-year-old costume designer from Long Island, New York. She first started sewing three years ago when she got interested in cosplay; now, Clayton attends events less often, and has evolved to focus more on original designs. Her projects can take as long as 250 hours, and Clayton once used 11 meters (12 yards) of fabric for a costume!
“The costume work in the film “The Three Musketeers” and the series “The Borgias” were what got me interested in historical fashion in the first place,” Clayton told Bored Panda. “I spend hours sewing every day. And if i’m not sewing, i’m probably thinking about sewing.”
{Click HERE to read more and see many more pictures!}
As 'Funnie' as Real Life-
This cartoon is dedicated to all the young Mom's out there dealing with toilet training issues (like my daughter). Click image for a larger view!
Well... that's it for now, (unless of course you're in the Lancaster PA area
in which case we'd LOVE to meet up with you there).  
And remember,  it's a GREAT day to be sewing!
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Here's Our Upcoming Show Schedule- Let's Meet Up!

The rest of our Show Schedule is as follows:
AQS Quiltweek Lancaster- Mar 16-19, 2016, Lancaster, PA
AQS Quiltweek Paducah - April 20-23, 2016,   Paducah, KY
International Fall Quilt Market- Oct 29-31, Houston, TX
International Quilt Festival- Nov 3-6, Houston TX
Road 2 California Conference  - Jan 20-23, 2017, Ontario, CA
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