Archives for October 2016

Happy Haunting Halloween Quilt

This is one of my most favorite Halloween Quilts and I thought I would give it a little shout out this year!  It’s a great pattern to use up all those Halloween scraps you’ve been saving for years.  You can find the full pattern HERE.

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Mufasa is a huge fan of this quilt too!!

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I love how each of the blocks turns out different depending on which version of the block you choose and which fabric you choose.  It’s scrappy yet not too scrappy!!

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Find My Recipes at The Rounded Teaspoon

After years of trying to track down the family recipes in paper files, note cards, computer files, blog posts, and still not being able to find the Pumpkin Bread recipe every fall, my sister and I decided it was time to launch our own cooking blog, The Rounded Teaspoon.  We thought it would be a great idea to have our recipes accessible to our family and friends 27/7!!  YAY!!!!   Our blog consists of recipes that have been made over and over  – that are tried and true.  We only share what we absolutely love and have made “a hundred times”.  Here are a few of our most recent posts – I hope you enjoy these recipes, from our home to yours 🙂pumpkin-banana-bread moms-cinnamon-rolls strawberry-cupcakes-cover crackle-top-cookies-cover

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Trick or Treat Table Runner

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Just when I thought Halloween sewing was over, these cute fabrics jumped into my cart at Michael Levine!  I got out all my scraps of Halloween fabric and started cutting!  Before I knew it I had made this super fun table runner!  I added a variety of black lace and ric rac trim to give it more interest!

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Project Supplies:

Scraps of orange prints and black prints – at least 20″ long

Black fabric for applique

Heat n Bond® EZ print sheets

SpraynBond® Basting Spray

Trick Treat PDF pattern

Scraps of black trim, ric rac, and lace

1 1/2 yards backing

1/2 yard black fabric for binding

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Begin by cutting your strips into random widths: 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 4″, 5″, etc.  No need to plan – they are all going to get sewn together.  Once you have a nice assortment of fabrics, cut them all to be 20″ long.  (If you prefer a narrower runner, you can adjust this measurement.)

Begin sewing the strips together – I didn’t plan it out – I just did the grab and go method – which makes this project super fast.  Keep sewing strips until you are happy with the length.  I have a super long farm table so mine measures 92″ long!

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For the applique section…..

Cut (2) 6.5″ x 20″ white or off-white rectangles.

Sew an orange or black 20″ strip to each white rectangle.

Print out the letters onto the HeatnBond® EZ print sheets.

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Iron the letters to the wrong side of the black fabric.  (The letters will be reverse)

Cut out each letter, peel off the backing paper.  Position the letters like this and heat set in place:

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Sew around each letter in black thread. Confession: I didn’t sew around each letter – I quilted over the letters pretty good and caught most of the edges.

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Sew the “trick” section and the “treat” section to opposite ends of the table runner.  Press all seams in one direction.

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Once the runner top is complete, use Spray n Bond® Basting Spray to baste the top, batting, and back, just like you would a quilt.

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Next measure your desired trims 20″ and cut.  Position them throughout the table runner.  Some I placed over the seams and others I placed on the fabric.  I used different widths of lace and large ric rac.

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Once you have the trim how you like it, use the Spray n Bond® and spray the back of each piece of trim and re-position it.  This will hold it in place while you sew.

Tip: I like to use old wrapping paper to spray my lace on.  You need something behind the lace or the spray will go through onto your work surface.  The wrapping paper works great because it it large and then easy to throw away!

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Once the trim is in place, use a walking foot and sew with black thread along the edges of the trim to secure.

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I switched to cream thread and quilted random wavy lines throughout the quilt, even over the letters.  Square up the runner after you’ve quilted it to get it nice and even.

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Once the quilting is finished you can bind the runner as you would a quilt.

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I am so in love with this little project!  And it was a quick too!

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Black Cat Pillow Tutorial

black-cat-pillow-tutorialI need another pillow like I need a hole in the head!!  hahahaha!!   Who doesn’t need this silly cat pillow on their couch during the month of October!  I love looking into the family room and this kitty face is always smiling at me 🙂  Want to whip one up?  You only need about 1 hour!!

Supplies:

Heat n Bond® Lite (may use EZ print sheets)

(2) 20″ squares orange ticking for pillow body

Fat quarter solid black

scraps of white fabric, green fabric, and orange fabric

2.5 yards pom pom trim

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20″ pillow form

Cat Pattern, click HERE

Project Instructions:

Begin by printing or tracing each of the pattern pieces to the Heat n Bond® Lite fusible applique. Cut around each piece about 1/4″ away from pattern.   Press the pieces to the wrong side of the desired fabrics with hot, dry iron.

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Peel off backing paper and position the cat head and face pieces on the right side of one of the 20″ orange ticking squares.  Center the cat.  Heat set in place.

With black thread, straight stitch around each of the applique pieces 3 times.  I only stitched around the cat head once because you can’t see the stitching.  Following the picture, add detail stitching for his teeth.

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Sew black buttons for the center of his eyes.

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He needs whiskers!!!!  I used a shiny light gray thread to stitch the whiskers.  You can draw them with a pencil first so you don’t mess up 🙂

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I only stitched the whiskers once and used a stay stitch to start and stop.

To finish the pillow, baste the pom pom trim around the pillow front, starting and stopping at the bottom center.

To finish the pillow, cut a 3″ strip off of the remaining 20″ square.

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This is where the zipper will go.  (If zippers make you run for the hills, you can finish this pillow using your favorite method. This just happens to be my favorite way to finish a pillow!)

Simply sew the zipper in and press.  This is now the pillow back!  With the zipper part way open, pin the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together.  Using a 1/2″ seam, sew around the entire pillow.

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Turn right side out.

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I love silly black cats!!!

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Spooky Town Wall Quilt

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I love the adorable artwork panels by Cori Dantini for Blend Fabrics!  This line is called Spooky Town.  It seems each season Cori comes out with beautiful new designs!  I came up with this fun way to add borders and create a wall hanging!  This tutorial can also be adjusted to fit other panels of fabric .

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Let’s get started:

Fabric Requirements:

1 panel

1/3 yard white fabric

1/4 yard black print

fat quarters or scraps for each of the 6 pinwheels

1/4 yard binding

1 yard back

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Cut the panel so it measures 13.5″ x 23.5″  img_5919

Make 6 pinwheels.  Each pinwheel is made up of (4) 3″ half square triangles (HST).  You can choose any method you like – I always use my Sizzix to cut the HST – they come out so perfect!  You will need 24 triangles of orange and 24 triangles of white.img_5920

Sew the orange and white triangles together.  Press seams open.  You don’t have to square up with the Sizzix either!img_5921

Lay out four HST and sew together as a 4-patch, pressing seams open each time.  You will have 6 pinwheels measuring 5.5″ square.img_5922

To make the strip sets, cut (4) 1.75″ x WOF of the white.  Cut (2) 3″xWOF of the black.  Sew the white strips on both sides of the black strip.  Make 2 strip sets.  Press toward the dark.  Cut the strip sets in (4) units of 9″ and (2) units of 13.5″.img_5926

Sew the 9″ units onto both sides of a pinwheel.  Make 2 of these side units.img_5929

Sew a pinwheel onto the ends of both 13.5″ strip set unit.  Press.  Below is a diagram with the measurements.

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Sew the side units on first.  Press open.  Sew the top and bottom units on next.  Press open.img_5935

Now it’s ready to quilt and bind!  You will love having this to hang in your house!  I made one for me and one for my sister 🙂  img_5945

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My Favorite Halloween Sewing Projects

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I Love looking back at the fun Halloween projects I’ve made – I think it’s my favorite holiday to sew for!  I’ve collected my most popular and put them in this post for quick viewing.  Click a picture to be taken to the pattern.

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spooktacular eve halloween quilt

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Halloween Towels and Pillow

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Quilt Binding on the Bias

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I LOVE striped quilt binding cut on the bias!  In fact, this is always my first choice when making quilt binding!!  I recently received a question from a reader who asked to explain an easy way to make striped bias cut quilt binding.  Here is my answer in a simple step by step.  There are fancy and tricky ways out there that show you how to cut binding strips on the bias.  I stick to my old-fashion method 🙂

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My mother-in-law, who is a seasoned quilter, explained that traditionally quilt binding was always cut on the bias and was single fold.  The reason being that when you cut fabric on the bias it won’t unravel as if you cut it along the grain.  That way the quilt binding only needed to have one layer because the bias cut would hold up to wear and washing.  Now days it seems we all cut 2 1/2″ strips and fold in half and it doesn’t matter which way the fabric is cut.

I like to look for fabric that is printed on the bias.  This is the best invention because you get the bias striped look, you don’t need as much fabric, and the cutting is easier!

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With bias striped printed fabric you only need to cut it at 2 1/2″ increments!!

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Most striped fabric is not printed on the bias so you need to follow this method:

First you want to have at least a half yard of fabric to begin with.  A yard is better because you get nice long strips, but if you only have 1/2 yard it will still work.  Don’t lay your fabric like this:

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Instead you open the fabric and fold it at a 45 degree angle.  Line up the fold along the bottom of your cutting mat.

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Take the extra fabric at the top and fold it directly down:

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Choose a nice spot in the center and line up the ruler.  Make your first cut.

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Then proceed to cut at 2 1/2″increments until you have the desired amount of strips.

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Line up the strips perpendicular angle.  Match up the stripes:

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Sew from intersection to intersection:

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Trim off the excess, 1/4″ away from the seam.  Press the seam open.

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img_5861          Perfect bias striped binding!!!  Press in half lengthwise and sew on your quilt as you normally would.

You can apply the same technique to gingham and plaid!

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Timber Quilt Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Fat Quarter Shop Timber Quilt Blog Tour!  This amazing pattern is available for free download (click HERE ) From Fat Quarter Shop!  You will love how easy it is to follow and how amazing it looks when it’s all put together!
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I choose Tapestry by Art Gallery Fabrics.  There is a cat in one of the prints!!screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-1-15-15-pm
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Mufasa and I go all settle in and began cutting.  Oh what fun!
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The blocks are super fun to put gether!  img_5204
I love that this pattern goes quickly because you can chain piece!  Here is what chain piecing looks like at my house!img_5210
And before you know it the blocks are finished!  These colors and prints just sing!!img_5218
There are 20 total blocks that make up the quilt.
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I can’t decide which color set I like best!  img_5220
Before we could finish the quilt – someone pooped out 🙂img_5227
These colors look amazing together!!
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I absolutely love how this pattern came together!  I would totally make it again!!  I love the one bright orange row and that it is slightly off center – as if I tried to do that!!!
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Now it’s time for you to make one!!  You will LOVE it!!!
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These fabulous ladies also made a Timber Quilt!  Check out their blogs to see their versions!!!

Melissa from Happy Quilting
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Natalia from Piece N’ Quilt
Megan from Quilt Story
Heather from Quilt Story
Afton from Quilting Mod
Erin from Why Not Sew

 

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Ghost Windows Wallhanging Quilt

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I love sewing with traditional orange and black fabrics – don’t you!  This little quilt measures 24″ square and is perfect to hang on a wall or put on a table.  All you need is a little yardage and the Sizzix Ghost Die and you’re set!  I love that each of the ghosts have their own personality!!  All seams 1/4″.img_4255

First press the Heat n Bond Ultra onto the wrong side of the off-white solid fabric.  I choose Ultra because it requires no-sewing.  I didn’t want to spend time sewing around each ghost!img_4258

Die cut 9 sets of ghosts.  Make sure to die cut ghosts going both ways to give more variety to the quilt.  Cut (9) 4 1/2″ solid black squares for the ghost windows.img_4260

Peel off the backing of the ghosts and position them as desired.

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For the 9 blocks, cut 5 orange fabrics and 4 low volume fabrics according to the above dimensions.  Sew the side portions on, press, then add the top and bottom pieces.img_4265

Make sure to rotate the ghost windows are in a different loceation, it makes the quilt look a little more random.  Sew the blocks together in rows, press, and sew the rows together.  Press.img_4268

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I really love these cute little Sizzix ghosts!!!!!img_4291

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Supplies:

1/4 yard off-white  fabric

1/4 yard solid black fabric

5 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts orange print

4 fat quarters or quarter yard cuts low volume black print

1/4 yard binding

1 yard backing

Heat n Bond Ulatra

Sizzix Fabi

Sizzix Ghost die

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Windy Girls Quilt Tutorial- Wistful Winds Blog Tour

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I’m super excited to be apart of Shari Butler of Doohicky Designs’ Whistful Winds Blog Tour!  I met Shari at Quilt Market in May and I was introduced to her Wistful Winds fabric line.  Shari is the nicest person ever and her designs are so sweet!  As soon as I saw this fabric I new I had to make something for Sally.

img_4984   So I set out plans to sew her a dress.  I had 4 different prints of yardage which was what the dress required.  Then, Sally told me she did not want a dress and that she had too many dresses as it was.  She asked if I would make her a quilt and I did a little happy dance in my head 🙂  Sewing clothes stresses me out and quilting makes me happy!

And so I set out to design a quilt that only uses 4 different fabrics – because that’s all I had!  I love how it turned out and Sally is thrilled!

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Mufasa got to test it out for a few minutes before Sally got a hold of it.

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Here’s how you can make this quilt:

Finished Quilt 48″ x 60″ – perfect for a little girl

Block Size 12″

All seams 1/4″

Press toward the dark side when possible

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Fabric Requirements:

2/3 yard orange girl fabric

3/4 yard small dot fabric

1 yard blue floral

1 yard white floral

1/2 yard binding

3 yards backing

Cut (4)  4 1/2″ x WOF strips orange girl fabric

Cut (8) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips white dots

Cut (3) 4 1/2″ x WOF Blue on blue floral

Cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF Blue on Blue floral

Cut (3) 4 1/2″ x WOF White floral

Cut (3) 6 1/2″ x WOF white floral

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Sew the white dot strips to the orange girl strips lengthwise.  Press seams.  Make 4 of these strip sets.

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Subcut stripsets into 8 1/2″ increments yielding 8 1/2″ squares.  You should have 20.

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Sew a white floral 4 1/2″ strip to a blue floral 4 1/2″ strip.  Make 3 of these strip sets.  Press.

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Cut at 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut 40

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Sew a 6 1/2″ blue floral strip to a 6 1/2″ white floral strip.  Press.  Make 3 of these strip sets.

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Cut at 2 1/2″ increments.  Cut 40.

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Lay out 10 blocks this way.

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Lay out 10 blocks this way – notice the center block rotates.

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Sew the top and bottom units, press.  Sew the side units, press.  You will have 20 total blocks.

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Lay out the quilt as pictured above.  Notice each row alternates center square direction.  Sew blocks together in rows, matching seams.  Sew rows together.

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Baste, quilt, bind.

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This is such a great pattern to whip up for a gift.  You could omit 3 blocks and it would be a perfect baby quilt size.

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I love the fun pattern this quilt creates by using only 4 fabrics.  A scrappy version with lots of different fabrics would also be fun!

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I’m thinking this is my new favorite throw quilt pattern!  It might even be doable for Christmas gifts!
wisful-winds-16  Someone is pretty happy!!  It’s not everyday your mom sews a quilt just for YOU!!!!

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wisful-winds-18              Check out these amazing designers and the awesome projects they’ve created using Wistful Winds by Riley Blake Designs!

October 3rd:
Amy Sinibaldi – www.nanaCompany.typepad.com
Kristyne Czepuryk – www.prettybyhand.com

October 4th:
Amanda Niederhauser – www.jedicraftgirl.com
Amy Smart – www.diaryofaquilter.com

October 5th:
Meagan Taylor/Kristi Jones – www.meagsandme.com
Christine Cook – www.stitchingrevival.com

October 6th:
Elea Lutz – www.elealutzdesign.com
Jodie Carleton – www.vintagericrac.blogspot.com

October 7th:
Sedef Imer – www.downgrapevinelane.com
Jina Barney – jinabarneydesignz.com

October 10th:
Elizabeth Evans – www.simplesimonandco.com
Kimberly Bourne – www.mainstreetmarketdesigns.com

October 11th:
Jemima Flendt – www.tiedwitharibbon.com
Nadra Ridgeway – www.ellisandhiggs.com
Amy Chappel – www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com

October 12th:
Katie Skoog – www.thesimplelifecompany.com
Amber Johnson – www.alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com
Gwen Sager – www.tillalili.blogspot.com

October 13th:
Angie Wilson – www.gnomeangel.com
Clare Horsman – www.claresplaceblog.blogspot.com
Deanna Wall – www.stitchesquilting.com

October 14th:
Melissa Mortenson – polkadotchair.com
Jessica Stewart – www.izzyandivydesigns.com
Shari Butler – www.doohikeydesigns.com/blog/

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