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January’s Baby Quilt: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Today’s guest poster is January from Sew Sew Go with her take on the Mosaic Tiles quilt block! Here’s what she had to say:

My sweet friend Lindsay from Lindsay Sews got her first book published and is doing a blog hop. I hope you guys have been following along.  The book is amazing and has beautiful quilts in it. I met Lindsay at Sewing Summit a couple of years ago in her creative journey class.

 She was such a sweet person and so easy to talk to. I really enjoyed hearing her story and the journey she had been on with wanting to publish a book. At that moment her book wasn’t green lighted yet. I got to hang out with her again last Feb. at QuiltCon and heard the exciting news that she was being published!!! You can order your own copy here.

 

 

I’m so happy and proud of her and her accomplishments. I was honored when she asked me to join her hop. She asked us to make anything we wanted out of the Mosaic Tiles Pattern. I chose to make a baby quilt because it seems like everyone I know is having babies. I picked a bunch of blues/turquoise and gray fabrics and got right to work.  It was such an easy patten and the directions were great. I had so much fun sewing this up.

 

On the design wall trying to randomize the prints.  


I liked using the 2 different grays. I really thought it made the blocks pop out. 

I love the back just as much. Simple, clean and modern. It was really fun being apart of her hop and I can’t wait to make this quilt again. Go check out her book and join a bee.

 

~January~
Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along
This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along.

Katy’s Teeny Tiny Mosaic Tiles Quilt Pillow: : Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

Hello! I am Katy, better known as LethargicLass, and I am excited to be a part of this quilt along. I met Lindsay last fall at Sewing Summit, and I bought my copy of Modern Bee directly from her. Sadly, I didn’t think of asking her to sign it though lol. When Lindsay asked if I would like to be a part of this blog hop quilt along I was thrilled! I immediately started thinking of what I could make. I wanted to keep the look of the quilt, but without the size. I am a very slow quilt maker, and I knew I wouldn’t have the time. So I went small. Really small.

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I drew my plan up in my trusty little graph book, and then attempted the math. Several times.

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Finally I figured out that I needed to start with 2” centers and one inch borders to create my original block before cutting into fours.

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I like to work at different stages of things at one time so I don’t get bored by something like a huge pile of trimming. You can see what I mean below.

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I finally finished the pillow at 20”x20”. That is when I realised that my 20” pillow form was actually 18” lol

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It most certainly isn’t perfect, but I love it :) Here is the backside. I used one of my favourite prints from Connecting Threads and I don’t have much left.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made, and I would love to know if anyone else attempts one this small :)  Please check out the rest of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along!

 

 

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along
This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along.

Kim’s Sew Sweetness Aeroplane Bag: Mosaic Tiles QAL

Good Day Folks! 

So happy to be here helping out Lindsay promote her book. I absolutely love it and there are a couple of quilts I can’t wait to make!
 
When I first heard about this I knew it would be fun to make part of the quilt top and turn it into a bag. But what bag? I have a long list of bags I want to make (much to my husbands disgust!) so I thought it would be a good time to try one out. I am absolutely in love with anything SewSweetness so I decided to try out her Aeroplane bag pattern. This is a larger bag perfect for an overnight trip or getaway weekend!!
 
The next step was deciding on the fabric. Never an easy job. I finally decided on a charm pack of Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie for Moda. Who can resist some cute squirrels and hedgehogs??

The next step was to figure out how many blocks I needed to make for the bag. I got out my trusty graph paper and worked out the numbers. I decided to use the blue background on the top and the green on the bottom. I made them a little bigger so that I wouldn’t have too small pieces.  

Once I had the blocks made and assembled I decided to quilt the panel pieces. I wanted a little more thickness so I put a layer of leftover batting between the fabric and the Soft & Stable. The Soft & Stable was cut to the appropriate size and the batting and fabric were a little bigger. 

I recently got this amazing book by Angela Walters:

so I used this opportunity to try something different on the top- which I loved!

Not perfect but definitely fun to try! I kept the bottom a little simpler.

I was thinking about turning it into diamonds but I really liked this look.

The bag pattern calls for zippered pockets inside but I had some extra strips of the blocks left over so I used these to make normal pockets on the inside and I partitioned them. 

As you can also see I used some bright yellow for the lining. I love bright colors inside so that you can see what is lurking in your bag!

I also added feet to the bag. Feet are super easy to do- if you can use brads you can use these! I went with silver and used 8 of them. I always use some extra batting- or in this case Soft & Stable when attaching them to make it a little more secure. 

Here’s what it looked like on the outside.

Once that was done I finished the bag as directed and it came out great!!
 

 

It was super fun trying out a new quilt pattern and a bag pattern! I am super stoked that I got to be apart of this quilt along with Lindsay and wish her the best of luck with her book as well as her new little guy!!

Take care and Sew on!

~Kim from Kim’s Krafts

 

Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along
This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along.

Marni’s Table Runner: Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along

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Hi! I’m Marni from Haberdashery Fun. I’m happy to be here today sharing my Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along project.

I’ve wanted to be a part of a quilt along for quite some time. I have been sewing for more than 15 years, but quilting for fewer than 5. I love when an opportunity arises to stretch myself and quilting abilities. I jumped at the chance when Lindsay announced her quilt along to celebrate the release of her new book Modern Bee. You really must check out her book – I devoured my copy in one evening! The book is a wealth of information on quilting and starting/belonging to a bee. The blocks are wonderful and the visuals truly amazing!

I wasn’t sure what to make and finally decided on a table runner. I went back and forth between a pillow, laptop sleeve and table runner. As soon as the first block was made I knew it had to be a table runner.

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I bought a charm pack called “Sphere” from Moda Fabrics. I love the modern feel and bright, fresh colors. When anchored with the light grey, the colors really pop out.  For my table runner I created 4 blocks. I only used 12 of the 5″ squares that came in the charm pack, so I have enough left over for another project.

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I wanted to lengthen the runner and also break up the pattern, so I added 1″ navy sashing between the blocks. I chose to quilt the top with a linear, yet organic feel. The finished length is 45″, so it fits a table perfectly and doesn’t overwhelm the space. I’m super happy with it, but knew we had a hit when my husband told me how wonderful it looked! Sometimes there is only silence after a project is unveiled.

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Thank you for having me Lindsay! Congrats on a wonderful book. I’m beyond inspired and ready to start on my next block and project!! Maybe a table runner a month for 2014.

 

This post is part of the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along, which you can read about here! You can enter your project any time between now and February 14, 2014 for a chance to win some great prizes. We hope you’ll join us in this beginner-friendly and stress-free quilt along.

Supernova Quilt Pattern + Giveaway!

Are you crushing on any quilt patterns lately? I have to admit that I’m in love with triangle quilt patterns, and especially ones that allow you to show off a variety of printed fabrics!

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What’s this, you ask? Our friend Sarah of Fabric Seeds is offering Craft Buds readers the chance to try out her new quilt pattern, Supernova!

Working under the business name “Mean Sarah Jean,” Sarah couldn’t be nicer in person or online! I’ve enjoyed getting to know Sarah since we unexpectedly ran into each other in the elevators at Quilt Market a couple years ago. She’s really inspired me with her generosity, whether that’s making charity quilts or fitting in tutorials in between running an online fabric store out of her home and raising a family. She pretty much does it all! In fact, she’ll also be back in a couple weeks to share her project for the Mosaic Tiles Quilt Along.

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Sarah is what we are all about at Craft Buds, and I’m so happy to be able to share her latest work. So please keep an eye out for her designs… they are sure to take over the quilting world by storm!

Sale!

For a limited time, you can order the Supernova pattern at 20% off with the coupon code supernova. This code will is good through 12/16/13.

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Now, back to the awesome giveaway.

Three winners will each win a hard copy of Sarah’s new Supernova quilt pattern!

Supernova Quilt Pattern

Enter to win!

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

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Make a Design Board

How to Make a Design Board

I typically lay out my quilt blocks and fabrics on the carpet in order to test out designs. But this method only seems to attract cats or general foot traffic until my blocks are so tossed about that I can’t remember what I was doing in the first place. Do you have this problem?

Enter, the design board! Also called a design wall, a design board is a helpful tool for quilters that works much like a felt or flannelgraph board. Cut fabric squares or quilt blocks will temporarily “stick” to it while you figure out an arrangement you like. The lightweight board can be nailed to a wall or you can slide it under the bed when you’re ready to take a break from your design.

Design Board

Here are two 4′ x 8′ design boards, which create a great workspace when placed side by side. When I’m working on a smaller quilt, I can opt to just use one of the boards. Also, each board easily comes off the wall if I need to move it to another room and work!

To make your own quilting design board, you’ll need:

– 1 Sheet foam insulation 4′ x 8′ (and about 1″ thick), from hardware store
– Packing tape or duct tape
– Box cutter
– Iron
– 4 clothespins or binder clips
– Nail and hammer (if mounting to wall)
– Queen-size batting or two batting scraps at least 54″ x 54″
(I used Warm & Natural, but any type of cotton, white batting would work)
– Staple gun (optional)

In order to get my foam insulation board home in the car, I cut it into 4 quadrants (one cut down the vertical center, and another cut down the horizontal center). This way, it easily fit in the back seat of my compact car! I knew I’d be taping it when I got home, so this was no big deal to me. You may choose to keep your board all in one piece if you can transport it home.

Tip: If you often work on large quilts, you might want to purchase two boards for an 8-foot x 8-foot workspace. Just make sure you have the available wall space for it!

If you cut your board, tape the sections back together with clear packing tape.

Here is what the board looks like all taped together. I decided this was bigger than I wanted to wrangle, so I untaped the vertical center and left it in two halves.

Next, cut a piece of quilt batting 3″ longer than the board on each side. Mine was 54″ x 54″.

Press your batting to make a smooth surface. You can iron right on top of your board.

Once your batting is smoothed out, stand your board upright and use clothespins to secure the batting tight onto one side of the board. Tape the edge of the batting to the board, one side at a time. Flip your board and pin the opposite side, pulling the batting taut. If you have a staple gun, you can use that to secure the batting. Duct tape would also work in a pinch.

Here is what the back of your design board should look like.

To hang your design board on the wall, use the point of your scissors to poke a hole into the back side of the foam board directly in the center and about 4″ down from the top. Hammer a nail into the wall and place the hole into the nail.  You could also attach your board to the wall with sticky mounting tape or adhesive velcro (if you want to be able to take it off and put it back on easily).

Place quilt blocks or fabric swatches on your design wall and arrange as desired. Your quilter’s design board is complete!

As always, if you are inspired to make this project or use any of our tutorials, we’d love to see them in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

Something New Sampler Quilt Along

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Looking for your next project?

Resolved to learn some new sewing skills this year?

Want to win some great prizes?

Then join in the blog hop for The Something New Sampler! Each week, one or two bloggers will present a block tutorial with an uncommonly used technique. There will be a total of 9 blocks presented. And, just to mix it up, we’re going with a funky modern block size: 7″ x 14″! We’ll have plenty of suggestions on how to use this block shape along the way. There’s no need for our modern blocks to always be square :)

Here’s our schedule:

Jan 14th
Amy @ thecutelifesmiles.blogspot.com | Bargello piecing

Jan 21st
Heidi @ buttonsandbutterflies.com | folding
Chelsea @ pinsandbobbins.blogspot.co.uk | a scraptastic technique

Jan 28th
Lindsay @ lindsaysews.com | reverse applique

Feb 4th
M-R @ quiltmatters.blogspot.com | trapunto
Heidi @ fabricmutt.blogspot.com | cathedral windows

Feb 11th
Alyssa @ pileofabric.com | pinless curves
Becky @ myfabricobsession.blogspot.com | machine applique

And stop by the cute life on Fridays for tips and tutorials on how to set these rectangular blocks! Posts will be up on the following dates: Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15

Be sure to join the flickr group to keep up with the hop, the chatter, and some inspirational photos.

Prizes!

At the end, link up a blog post or flickr photo with anything you’ve done from the sampler series, even if it’s just one block! There are two categories for prizes:

1) Finished projects: Winners will be chosen by popular vote. “Finished” includes an entirely completed smaller project, like a pillow, table runner, mini quilt, etc. Pieced quilt tops also count as “finished”, even if not quilted.

2) Participation prizes: Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Link up any progress you’ve made!

Prizes for the Something New Sampler

 

Fort Worth Fabric Studio is an online fabric shop with yardage and some fantastic custom bundles you won’t find anywhere else! One of these bundles the Lagoon bundle – is a prize, and it is centered around Michael Miller’s Lagoon line, with 18 fat quarters. You can also sign up for their newsletter to be eligible for a monthly prize. In addition to the bundle, they are also offering a $25 gift certificate.

Cotton Blossom Farm stocks great designer fabrics with plenty of modern options. One great feature of this website is the ability to search through fabrics based on categories such as color – it’s just like shopping in a brick and mortar shop! You have the chance to win a set of ten 1/2 yards (of your choosing!) of Simply Color from them.

Fat Quarter Shop is another online shop that sells yardage and precuts of some of the most popular fabrics. They offer next day shipping and have an incredibly large selection! Fat Quarter Shop also has a great selection of other items, such as books, magazines, and kits. They have generously donated a jelly roll of Paris Flea Market and an Amy Butler pattern for prizes.

Sew Me a Song is an Etsy shop that stocks Japanese and contemporary fabrics. Becca puts together some fabulous bundles of texty prints, polka dots, and – of course! – lots of Melody Miller prints. Don’t miss the great collection of Type by Julia Rothman. She has created two custom bundles especially for our sampler event, one with six texty fat quarters and one with eight japanese prints.

How to Sort and Organize Fabric Scraps

Organizing Fabric Scraps

In honor of the upcoming the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along at Ellison Lane Quilts, I decided to organize my fabric scraps by color.

Sorting fabric into piles may seem simple enough, but if your current fabric scrap bins look like this, you may be a bit overwhelmed!

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Although I love this vintage box, it sometimes runs over with fabric scraps, to the point that I no longer want to use them. But once sorted, scraps are much more fun to sew with! Here are some tricks I used to get my fabric scraps from a total mess to a pretty, well-sorted bin.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: Scraps that are part of a collection can stay together. I just toss them aside for now. Right: Patchwork scraps that have already been pieced (if you think you might use them again) can go in their own pile.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: Long strips of fabric can go in another pile, regardless of color. I like to keep these together for making a quick patchwork string block or you can pull from these to make scrappy long cabin quilt blocks. Right: All of my fabric scraps that are solids, regardless of size, go in their own plastic bin. This is because I make a lot of solids-only projects, so I like seeing them all together.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: I keep a burlap bin filled with all of my white fabric scraps (and also off-white or linen). Right: as you sort, make a separate pile for black or grey fabric, and another pile for brown tones. These neutrals are some of my favorite scraps to have on hand!

Organizing Fabric Scraps

As you go through the rest of your fabric scraps, begin to sort by color groups. Here are my blue, pink and orange scraps. I am sorting mostly monochromatic prints. Monochromatic means that there is just one color within the fabric (or nearly one color).

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You’ll notice that I eventually intermixed my red and pink scraps. This works just fine for storage purposes, and you can always refine your fabric sorting later.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Here are my fabric scraps that read as several colors in each print. Instead of trying to sort these, I’m just going to store them at the bottom of my cool stacking tub I got from The Container Store. I didn’t want to spend any money on fabric storage, but since I might be moving soon, I figured I should simplify my fabric stash and invest in a container that I could store in a closet if needed.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Here you can see that I barely have any orange fabric scraps. This is okay! Also, my “purple” fabric scraps are more pink/fuschia. Use whichever categories make sense to you.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Ta da! Here are my piles of monochromatic prints. I folded them in any way that makes sense. If you want to cut your scraps into manageable sizes (like 3″ x 3″ squares), feel free to do that now. Otherwise, you can always cut them later, when you’re ready to sew a project.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

I used freezer storage bags to store the piles of colored fabric. Press all the air out of the bags before closing so you can store them flat in your storage bin.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

My storage bin has a handled tray that sits in the top of the bin, which is the perfect size for storing fat quarters and large scraps. I’ve roughly sorted these prints by color.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

And here is my scrappy storage bin (left) with all of my loose and bagged fabric scraps beneath the white tray! To the right, you can see that my vintage box is once again a manageable scrap bin. (Inside are my solid scraps and scraps that are all from the same collection.) When I’m sewing and have a few new scraps, I’ll toss them in this bin until it’s time to sort again!

Scrappy Quilt Along

I hope you will consider sorting your scraps in time to join the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts! It kicks off October 9 with giveaways, special sales, discounts and all the details to get you started.

Sponsors: The many prizes offered to those of you that join our quilt-along are graciously donated by the following sponsors.



Timeline

Scrappy Stash QAL starts October 9.
Scrappy Stash QAL ends November 13.
Link up finished quilt November 13-15.
Prizes drawn November 16.

Blog Hop

The following fabulously talented ladies have so kindly offered to share their scrap secrets with you as well as helping spread the word about the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along. Be sure to stop by each day and check out their scrap storage!

10/4: Craft Buds <<You are Here>>
10:9: QAL kick-off day at Ellison Lane Quilts!
10/10: Maureen Cracknell Handmade (QAYG tutorial!)

Author Talk: Fat Quarter Shop + Giveaway!

Today we are thrilled to have the team at It’s Sew Emma Patterns and Fat Quarter Shop here to talk about their new book!

The book begins shipping today, and is called “Simply Fat Quarters.” With 10 quilt patterns that can each be made in four different sizes. Read on to learn more about the team’s self-published book and don’t forget to leave a comment at the end for your chance to win one of three copies!

It's Sew Emma (clockwise from top): Kim, Jocelyn, Sarah and Debbie

So many people have the bucket list dream to write a book, but not many realize what is involved in the process. Can you tell us a little bit about the book and your patterns business?

Here’s a little background about It’s Sew Emma! We are a dynamic team of four (Kimberly, Debbie, Jocelyn and Sarah) that design and publish patterns together. We each have different talents, tastes and specialties, which works really well. We have been publishing It’s Sew Emma patterns since 2011, which started out from one conversation in the back of a van during Quilt Market some years ago. Writing a book had always been on our minds, but it had to be the right time.

Is there a theme for the quilts/projects included in this book?

Simply Fat Quarters is geared towards using fat quarters to create quilts of all different styles and sizes. It seemed fitting to have our first book focus on fat quarters since our store is Fat Quarter Shop. There are 10 projects, and each can be made in four different sizes: crib, lap, twin and king. All are suitable for a confident beginner. Of course we think they appeal to all!

Did you work with a traditional publisher, or go the self-publishing route? What have you learned through the process?

We chose to self-publish mainly because we wanted to work on our own timeline and have complete creative control. Every step was a learning process. We researched copyrights, binding options, writing styles, distribution methods, you name it.

Establishing the pattern company while still running a fabric store did not leave much room for exploring the book idea, but we finally set a deadline for ourselves. It was a very fun and challenging process, and we like to do things fast. From idea to self-publishing, it all came together within nine months! After we decided to go the self-publishing route (very nerve-wracking to say the least), our concept, then we each submitted lots of designs to consider. After selecting our designs, we picked the fabrics for our samples, wrote instructions, did the photography, edited, tested, and edited some more. We have just finished the process, so it still feels like we’re in that dream!

Where do you find inspiration for writing new patterns? Do you have any ways to overcome the writer’s block that comes with creating designs from scratch?

Usually the inspiration for new patterns comes from fabric, a classic “chicken and the egg” situation! Sometimes you see one print that you know will be the starting point for a new quilt design, and then you take the seeds of design inspiration you’ve had sitting in your mind to do the rest. Some of us start with pencil and paper (or mouse and computer), and some start at the cutting table.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to write a craft book or design and sell patterns?

Research how the business works and invest in beautiful photos. A great book or pattern cover is paramount. Get together a team of great testers. Most importantly, set a deadline. You will mull over your options designs forever unless you stick to a date!

Giveaway!

Hot off the presses, Simply Fat Quarters has arrived in stock at Fat Quarter Shop, and they are generously giving away 3 copies of the new book!

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Leave a comment telling us something you’ve learned from this Q&A for your chance to win. We’ll choose 3 random winners on October 3, 2012. Good luck!

Congrats to our three winners, #19 Libby G., Diane and #90 Linda S.!

QuiltCon Block Challenge

Have you followed the QuiltCon Block Challenge?

The assignment is to create a modern quilt block inspired by the colors of the QuiltCon logo. QuiltCon is the inaugural modern quilting conference of The Modern Quilt Guild, to be held in Austin, Texas this February 2013! Here are just a few of the stunning blocks in the Flickr pool.

SBAMQG QuiltCon blocks July Meeting
Flickr/capitolaquilter (SBA Modern Quilt Guild entries)

QuiltCon Block
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Fabric stack and quiltcon challenge
Flickr/Sewmama123

QuiltCon block
Flickr/liveacolorfullife

Elephant Crossing
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The 20+ winning blocks selected by Elizabeth Hartman will be included in a quilt to be raffled off to one lucky winner, and the other blocks will be made into charity quilts. Very inspiring! The deadline for entries is August 15, so there’s still time to design your QuiltCon block.

QuiltCon happens February 21-24, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Conference registration opens August 30, 2012, and modern quilters are welcome to submit quilt entries to the show between August 1 and November 30, 2012.

Is anyone going to QuiltCon? Are you making a block for the QuiltCon Block Challenge?

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