SQUARING Up a Block

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I have been working on SCRAPITUDE blocks for a quilt. This is from Sandy of QUILTING FOR THE REST OF US   MYSTERY QUILT  ( see links below) … THIS makes a really cute quilt and I have plans to make more of these blocks.  I have TONS of scraps.

I should say I lifted the block above from somewhere on the internet. (SANDY’s blog) A picture of my block is below.

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I did have a problem with the Triangle block in this quilt and it was from my technique. The directions say you will need to square up this unit. I squared up a number of them incorrectly which resulted in cut off points. Once I figured out what I was doing wrong I made an illustration of how to square up the block correctly. I am posting this as a reminder to myself and hopefully help other avoid this problem in their blocks.


It is important to maintain the quarter inch seam at the top of the block.  All trimming should be from the large triangle portion of the patch.  I marked the areas on the illustrations with yellow areas.  

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1A-BETTER BLOCK -  GOOF-e22

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Here is my block I circled the patch I cut off the tips of my outer triangles… This block was a vast improvement from the first block I made.  I do think it is rather pretty.

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LINKS TO THE SCRAPITUDE MYSTERY QUILT

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STEP ONE

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-mystery-quilt-first-step-sewing/9/13/2013

STEP TWO

https://quiltingfortherestofus.squarespace.com/blog/scrapitude-part-2-triangles/10/10/2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJnbrSmGeL4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB9c_iMIuuE#t=72  

YOU TUBE OF CHARLOTTE

STEP THREE

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-step-3/11/13/2013

STEP FOUR  — part 1

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-step-4-the-block/1/15/2014

STEP FOUR = part 2— SETTING BLOCKS

http://quiltingfortherestofus.com/blog/scrapitude-step-4-part-2/1/31/2014

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Here is my plan for my future SCRAPITUDE QUILT … Alternating blocks with lots of white space … I would only have to make 12 to 15 blocks to make the quilt I want to make.

Happy Quilting,

NONNIE

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S3- alternate

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Playing some more in EQ7 — Version #2

I have been playing in EQ7 again… I started wondering what would a quilt look like if the small center squares in the uneven NINE patch blocks also had a strip of fabric, making it look like the big (A) blocks. So I redrafted my blocks and plotted out the quilt. I will tell you I have to work on the measurements for the the mathematical measurement would be 1.33 inches ( then you have to add a half inch for seam allowances to cut out your patches.) Who ever, heard of having 1.33+ patches, what number is that in real, useable measurements. I am going to have to convert those numbers but I am not going to deal with it until I actually have time to make the quilt. I will probably use my old tried and true method of cutting out the large patches ( on gridded paper) that fit the project then subdividing it to the appropriate size patches so they will fit the project. I have done this before and it usually works… best there is no math involved…

Here is an illustration of the EQ7 design.  I have found some cute baby fabric I can use to make this quilt  as a 3 block by 3 block layout.  Using large blocks result in faster assembly.  And as you know .. we have babies coming to this family.

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MULT GRID QUILT - BLK - 16-IN- E-E-E
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Well this is all for now… got to get to WALMARTS to buy some plastic tubs. This will be my first trip out of the house..
SO as always, HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

 

 

 

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Grid Pattern with 16 inch blocks … Drafted in EQ7

Being sick this last week I was unable to do anything constructive (ie sewing … drippy noses, sick to my stomach did not allow sewing)  I spent a lot of time surfing the internet and playing on EQ7.  I found some really neat pictures of quilts and then played with drafting the blocks in EQ7.  This was my favorite pastime between taking naps.  I am posting one of the quilts I drafted with some basic instructions for making the quilt. 

I am a novice at writing patterns so I do not recommend a new / novice quilter trying this pattern out.   I think you need to have some understanding of cutting and quilting to make this pattern.  I also think a DESIGN WALL is absolutely VITAL to assembling this quilt.  It is a giant color puzzle.   I am including different colorways for inspiration.  And an illustration for block B.  I hope this might inspire people to learn EQ7 and design some of their own quilt patterns.  I enjoy buying quilt patterns but sometimes I can not find them on line or from their origins, so I have to design my own.

Nonnie

GRID PATTERN -BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE

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Fabric: 1/2 YARD for each large patch.  You should cut other patches at the same time.


Patch A : CUT 16.5 inches
Matching strips to be used in PATCH B  can be cut at this time:
8.5 inch x 2.5 x 4 patches for each blockI plan to cut a strip when I cut the larger 16. 5 patch.  These strips match a neighboring 16.5 PATCH A.

Cut 8.5 in square  for the center patch of any color you choose.
I will scatter these blocks to the opposite side of the quilt.

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block sizes- 16 inch

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This is a mock up of BLOCK B. it is what is called AN UNEVEN NINE PATCH.

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Patch B:  

8.5 in    Center patch of any color you choose.  I  plan to cut a patch when I cut the larger 16. 5 patch  (THIS is a repeated step, you do not need to cut extra patches.) 

You will also need also need the 8.5 x 2.5 inch strips to match the neighboring Block A to construct this patch.

BLACK CORNER SQUARES:   4.5 inch you need 4 for each block.

Black Strips:    8.5 inch x 2.5 inch .x  4 patches   for each block.  This patch is is next to the small 8.5 colored patches to frame that block.

I consider the outer blocks unfinished along the border and plan to design the border so that the large patches have their strips carried off into the border.    Not sure if I will do anything with the BLOCK B patches in the border… I will probably keep it solid black.

ALTERNATE COLORWAY AND PLACEMENT
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16 inch patch grid quilt- improved

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First lay out attempt for my NURSE’s RETIREMENT QUILT

MY NURSE RETIREMENT QUILT


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This is my retirement quilt. I am making 64 blocks (8×8 layout) of my 12 inch blocks ( Queen Size.)  It will be re organizing them before I actually sew them together.  I do not care for the right to left diagonal setting that occurred with the colors.  I thought it would be left upper to right lower diagonal and I do not know what I did wrong.  I am going to lay the quilt out again.    

I also think I need to balance the quilt colors better I need to put in more blocks with the dark blue outer fabric through out the quilt.  I am also trying to make sure no two same nurse characters are next to each other. 

I really wonder how I get myself into these predicaments.

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REVISTING EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCKS … 2-21-2014 TUTORIAL

I have not been posting recently because I have been sick with the flu.  No lectures please on getting a flu shot because every-time I have in the recent past I have had reactions… hives and asthma.  I seem to be allergic to something in the shots.   I have been sick in my bed for the past week .. VERY LITTLE sewing going on.   Today, I am feeling much better… able to keep my food and fluids down.   In the past I posted the directions for these blocks on this link:   

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/ez-pineapple-blocks-using-the-sew-simple-method-developed-by-karin-hellaby/  

EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCKS.

I am publishing the steps I have been using to make my blocks using LORALI DESIGNS NURSEs as my focus fabric ( center)  I am hoping you might have some focus fabric and will take inspiration from this to make your own quilt.   Once again I am designing my quilt based on the fact that I think fabric talks to me and tells me what kind of quilt it wants to be.  The pictures are thumb size, click on them to see the larger picture.  

1./  make novelty print into a square My novelty fabric is a rectangle.  I added fabrics to make the patches into a square.  Each block was shaped slightly different so I added a fabric to turn the patches into a square.  I then squared up all the patches to the same size.  Here I am using 7.5 inches square. 

I starched each patch heavily before sewing.  YOU will be dealing with a lot of bias edges during this technique. 

FIRST ROUND     2/  I then sewed an equal 7.5 inch square to the focus fabric.  I will tell you that I did cut some of the patches a scant 1/8th inch larger than the focus fabric.  This gave a little leeway when sewing the patches together.  It made the blocks easier to cut on the diagonal.  It made no difference in the block afterwards as it gets squared up to the same size before going to the second round.

3e-SM - -mark diagonal 267    3/   Once the patches are sewn together I mark the back on a diagonal, then I clipped on the mark lines to open up the patches.  Be careful so as not to clip the front focus fabric.   All edges cut will be on the bias so be careful not to stretch the seams.  I starched at each step to keep the patches stiff  making them easier to work with and sew.

               

4 open up on diagonal    4/  Once the diagonals are opened up you need to press carefully.  The NEW FOCUS PATCH is now ON POINT……. REMEMBER every cut edge is on the bias and needs to be treated gently.  

Once this patch is opened I squared up the new focus patch to  9.5 inches.  I once again I repeated the technique sewing a second 9.5 inch patch  to the new focus patch.  I then marked and cut open the diagonal the new block was 12.5 inches and was now in a straight setting.  

All ODD ROUNDS will be on point and all EVEN ROUND will be on a straight setting.  You can continue this technique for as many rounds as you want.  YOU can also use smaller centers to start your blocks.  YOU will have to figure out your own sizes to keep the blocks consistent.   Refer back to the original post for links and references to books that discuss the technique.                  .

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/ez-pineapple-blocks-using-the-sew-simple-method-developed-by-karin-hellaby/  

EXPLODING PINEAPPLE BLOCKS.

MORE to come in future posts ….

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AS ALWAYS, HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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2014 LIST OF PODCASTERS …. a new podcast has been added …

I will be posting this list periodically each year. I like to direct download my podcast to my computer, this list just makes it easier to find them. I will update as I find new links to post, need to get the blogs linked up to the podcaster.

For those new to podcasting you can download the file by:

  • 1/ RIGHT CLICK on the podcast ICON on the blog.
    2/ USE the various windows for that browser … SAVE THE LINK, SAVE THE TARGET
    3/ Save the file to the folder you will find the file in… I use MY MUSIC / QUILT PODCAST
    4/ TO listen to the podcast use your favorite media player … Mine is WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER

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Quilting for the Rest of Us

http://www.quiltingfortherestofus.com

PODCAST LINK > > > http://quilter.podbean.com/

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Off-Kilter Quilt

http://offkilterquilt.podbean.com

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FRANCES has a new podcast for Creative Writing for kids….. Starting APRIL 2014 … loving it!

http://www.francesdowell.com/category/creative-writing-for-kids/podcasts/

 

 

Pioneer Quilter Podcast

http://pioneerquilter.com

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Hip to be a Square

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com

http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/feed/podcast/

direct podcast link page

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Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams…. THIS one is mine!

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

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Katie’s Quilting Corner

http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com

http://katiesquiltingcorner.com/category/podcast/episodes

Direct download of the podcast …

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History Quilter

http://www.historyquilter.com

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Crafty Garden Mom …. YOU will find book reviews on this bloggers page.

http://craftygardenmom.blogspot.com/

http://craftygardenmom.podomatic.com/

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Quilt Cabana Corner Podcast

http://quiltcabanapatterns.com/blog

http://www.quiltcabanacorner.podbean.com/

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Lazy Daisy Blog — looking for the RSS feed link

http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com/

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Toginet …. Pat Sloan: American PATCHWORK and Quilting

http://toginet.com/shows/americanpatchworkandquiltingradio

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PAT SLOAN’S Creative Talk Radio BLOG

http://www.creativetalknetwork.com/

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A J the QUILTING POT …. is back podcasting … BOY I missed her…

http://thequiltingpot.podbean.com

http://iknitnquilt2.blogspot.com

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Amy’s Creative Side PODCAST ….. new 2013

http://amyscreativeside.com/category/podcast/

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SEWING MOM PODCAST  ….. new / Found April 2014

http://sewingmompodcast.com/ …. SEWING MOM PODCAST ….

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CANADIAN QUILT TALK PODCAST …. new 2013

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianQuiltTalkPodcast

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BLESSED 2 QUILT PODCAST … new 2013

http://blessed2quilt.podbean.com/

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MODERN SEWCIETY …. added new November 2013

http://www.modernsewciety.com/

http://www.modernsewciety.com/category/podcast

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WITH IN A QUARTER OF AN INCH . . . . She’ BACK

http://withinaquarterinch.com/home-page-static/

http://withinaquarterinch.com/podcast-2/

RSS : direct download link of her podcasts

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SLIGHTLY MAD QUILT LADY from NEW ZEALAND …..  new 2014

http://theslightlymadquiltlady.podbean.com/

So you want to podcast … here is a good site to learn about podcasting .. from a professional …

 

http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/…. AUDACITY to PODCAST …..

 

 

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Annie Smith’s Quilting Stash

http://simplearts.com/blogs

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Scientific Quilter Podcast

http://scientificquilter.wordpress.com

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IF I HAVE MISSED ANYONE PLEASE BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION SO THAT I CAN UP DATE THE LIST.

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Updated on February 23, 2014.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD A PODCAST FROM A DIRECT FEED

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On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS, SAVE AS TARGET or Save File ( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) … YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECT any podcast file on a blog.

How to direct DOWNLOAD a podcast . . . .

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/

On the bottom of the post it says :

Like | Share | Comments | Embed | Download | Plays (100)

If you left click on Download it takes you to a download page… then right click on the icon  that pops up

A window with various commands opens …. choose … SAVE AS,  SAVE AS TARGET or  Save File ( your browser will dictate the wordage)
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Save the file to your computer ( I use MY MUSIC) … YOU can then listen with your MEDIA PLAYER

YOU can also download from i Tunes if you subscribe
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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD DIRECT any podcast file on a blog.
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EPISODE 47 ….. a REPORT from the Quilt Retreat … podcast

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/2014/02/01/47-retreat-report-2014/

A new podcast has been posted.  I discuss events from the quilt retreat.   I am rather long winded about my excitement and impressions from the quilt retreat.   I also blather on about MODERN QUILTING.  I reviewed the PREMIERE issue of FRESH QUILTS: MODERN FUN SEWING a new magazine.  SO do not say I did not warn you.

HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE ….

BTW … which of these nurses do you think might look like me???

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I am trying to grow my blog so I am going to check out LILLY QUILTS LINKY PARTY…. DO YOU WANT TO COME AND FIND OTHER BLOGS THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTING?

12 INCH BLOCKS

Lily's Quilts

MY PROJECTS from the RETREAT at BEAR LAKE

NURSE PANEL FOCUS FABRIC

This is the focus fabric I purchased way back in 2006. I never found a pattern I wanted to use this fabric with…. until Exploding Pineapple. I have cut apart the blocks but they are rectangular. I added fabric to the sides and bottom to turn the patches into squares then I squared up the patches to 7.5 inch blocks. I then matched the blocks to another 7.5 inch patch and sew them all around. I clipped the new patches on the diagonal with scissors. Once I pressed the blocks I repeated the procedure, squaring up the patches to 9.5 inches then sewing a second patch to it. I repeated the process till my block measured 12.5 inches after the third round. I need to make 64 blocks. I have ordered more fabric from LORALIE DESIGNS but I have some challenges ahead of me as some of the panels are of a different colorway. BUT A QUILTER MUST DO WHAT SHE NEEDS TO DO…. make do with the fabric she has … or change the pattern… or change the quilt size.

https://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/ez-pineapple-blocks-using-the-sew-simple-method-developed-by-karin-hellaby/

NURSE BLOCKS for my retirement quilt

I will be posting more picture of the new fabric and what I do with it as I go along. I have to use different techniques for these next set of blocks.

Hayden's Baby Quilt 2014

This is the beginning of my panel quilt for baby Hayden, the daughter of my niece. I am trying to devise a staggered border… NOT quiet sure how am going to get it to measure out correctly…. but I am working on it. Currently I am sewing green and white fabric to pinwheels, I then sew them together to form the boarder. I will trim it up to almost the desired size after the border is entirely assembled. I never realized how hard it was to work without a pattern. There will not be a border across the top or bottom of the quilt or maybe very small green borders. This will be another of my crazy experiments. … but I like to think of myself is the MAD QUILTING SCIENTIST.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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WHAT is this carpenter’s tool used for when quilting ? I stole it from my hubby!

LASER SQUARE


Can you guess what this tool is used for while quilting? It was demonstrated last weekend by an attendee at the BEAR LAKE LION’S CLUB QUILT RETREAT. (THE RETREAT was SPONSORED by SEW CRAZY QUILT SHOP in LAPEER MICHIGAN.

https://www.facebook.com/SewCrazyLLC
http://www.sewcrazyllc.com/
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She said she took a class from SCHOOLHOUSE QUILTS in Forest City, North Carolina. Her instructor BRENDA APPLEWOOD showed her how to use the carpenter tool to square up her quilt top and then later a finished quilt, getting it ready for binding. http://www.schoolhousequiltsnc.com/

STANLEY and BOSCH both make a Laser SQUARE … This looked so easy when I watched it being done… Squaring a quilt is something I always struggle with… I am going to buy this for my hubby then put it in my quilting supplies… BRILLIANT PLAN.

square up tool in action

HAPPY QUILTING
NONNIE

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WHAT THE HECK is NONNIE DOING? FABRIC SOUP?

FABRIC SOUP

I am a pre-washer… I have heard that fabric does not NEED to be pre-washed but I know from experience that is not true. When ever I have a small amount of fabric (usually less than a yard) I want prewashed and ready to go I get out my old clean pot fill it with water stuff the fabric into it and bring it to a boil. I do use COLOR CATCHERS but sometimes I do not have any so I just add a few drops of DAWN DISH WASHING SOAP that prevents dye from resettling. Once the fabric has boiled I rinse the fabric, wring or spin dry then toss in the dryer (usually on it’s own.) Once dry the fabric is ready to use.

I do this because I have had several disasters with fabrics NOT prewashed. (I will update this site and put pictures of some of the disasters when I have taken them.) I just hate having my hard work ruined by dye run. I find the boiling of the fabric is quick and easy, sets the dyes and does nothing to the fabric ( no FADING has ever been noted.) I am usually boiling my fabric while I am cooking dinner. ( I use a lid to protect from accidental food contamination to my fabric pot.)

Anyways I thought I would add my thoughts to the pre-wash or no washing discussion.

Happy Quilting

Nonnie

references:
http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/2014/01/bleeding-quilts-please-read-this.html


http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/field_trips_in_fiber/fix-bleeding-fabrics/

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