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Catching Up – In Our Garden Blocks 5 & 6

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 22nd, 2016

This is the Wednesday post that turned into the Friday post!

I got busy with a fun new project and the week slipped away from me. I’ll be sharing the tutorial and pattern for it just as soon as I can get to the fabric store to buy some much needed solids to finish it off.

But to give you a hint… it will be the perfect gift to make for all those Pokemon Go players that are running here, there and everywhere capturing Pokemon!

For today though, I wanted to show you my versions of April’s Blocks 5 and 6 of the In Our Garden BOM.

What’s that you say… it’s July and the In Our Garden BOM is up to Blocks 11 & 12 already. How can I be just finishing Blocks 5 and 6 now?

Well… with the move at the beginning of April there just wasn’t time and then May slipped into June and June slipped into July. I’m sure you know how that goes!

So without further ado… Block 5:

Love Flower Block 5 of the In Our Garden BOM

A blue and white quilt has been on my quilty bucket list for quite a while now so each month I’m making the pieced block of the In Our Garden BOM in a variety of blue fabrics paired with a white on white background.

Doris over at The Quilting Queen Online was April’s designer. Her “Love Flower” pieced block may look complicated but it came together surprisingly quickly.

Once again though, I had the most fun making the applique block.

Doris didn’t name this one but I’ve decided to call my scrap drawer version… Flower Shower!

Flower Shower - Block 6 of the In Our Garden BOM

Don’t the flowers look delighted to be receiving a much needed watering!

All the details about where you can get the patterns for Blocks 5 and 6 can be found over at The Quilting Queen Online.

Super Mom - No Cape's versions of Blocks 5 and 6 of the In Our Garden BOM

 

Oh and before I forget… if you’ve made July’s block for the In Our Garden BOM, Amy has this month’s link party up over on her blog, Sew Incredibly Crazy.

Make sure to post about your blocks either on your blog, Instagram, Flickr or the Facebook Group and then link up for a chance to win beautiful fabric from Connecting Threads.

 

Just one more quick announcement…

(ad) It’s Christmas in July already! And that means it’s time to start thinking about all the incredible handmade gifts you’re going to give come December. So to make things a little easier, the folks over at Craftsy are giving you up to 60% off kits and supplies. Get everything you need to make something that’s for the holidays and from the heart.

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Please note: I am a Craftsy affiliate. I will receive a small commission on every purchase made through this ad.

 

Click next for a complete list of all the blogs and designers taking part in the In Our Garden BOM

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #67

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 18th, 2016

Last Monday, all the cat lovers were treated to a pattern for the sweetest kitten ever. Not to be outdone, this week’s vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern features the most adorable puppy.

Doesn’t he look spiffy with that big bow around his neck!
Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Adorable Puppy Wearing a BowVintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Adorable Puppy Wearing a Bow downloadable pdf.

 

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Stitchery Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #67

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #66

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 11th, 2016

Let’s start off the week with a whole lot of sweetness. And what could be sweeter than this vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern of an adorable kitten wearing a flower necklace.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Sweet Kitten with Flower Necklace

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Sweet Kitten with Flower Necklace downloadable PDF.

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Stitchery Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #66

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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In Our Garden BOM – Blocks 11 & 12

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 10th, 2016

I had soooo much fun making July’s applique block designed by Joan over at MooseStash Quilting!

Block 12, called Funky Flower Pot, features a pretty pot filled with flowers and the most adorable little snail! (I’ll show you Block 11 in a minute as I have some tips to share with you that helped me put it together.)

In Our Garden BOM - Funky Flower Pot Block

I’d say those rainbow flowers are pretty Funky!

In Our Garden BOM - Rainbow Flowers in Funky Flower Pot Block

I blanket stitched around each flower with 2 strands of DMC Variegated #51.

I love how they turned out!

And here’s a close-up of that adorable snail.

In Our Garden Block 12 - Cute Snail

When I was searching through the scrap drawer of my fabric dresser and saw that bright, colorful swirly fabric, I knew it would perfect for Mr. Snail’s shell.

Joan titled Block 11… The “Not” so Tricky Garden. It’s a pieced version of a traditional block called Card Trick. But Joan’s instructions took most of the “trick” out of making the block.

I’m making all the pieced blocks that are shared each month out of blue and white fabrics as a Blue and White quilt has been on my quilt bucket list for a while now.

In Our Garden BOM - Block 11 The Not So Tricky Garden

What I like is that Joan has you make the 9 patch blocks slightly bigger than necessary and then trim them down to size. And her advice to use the diagonal lines on your ruler when trimming was spot on.

I just wish I’d read completely through the directions before going off on my merry way thinking I knew how to make the block!

That’s why a couple of my points don’t meet exactly . I trimmed a couple of the blocks before I actually read that section of the instructions. Once I did read them, the other blocks trimmed up perfectly.

For now the block will have to stay this way as I need to conserve that white on white background fabric in order to be able to complete the blocks that will be shared in the coming months. If I can find some more of the white fabric, I’ll probably remake this block before I sew all the blocks together at the end of the In Our Garden BOM.

I did have a couple of additional tips that might help you when making this block.

In order to keep the pieces of the “cards” in the correct order, I made the corner blocks first:

In Our Garden BOM - Block 11 - Make the corner blocks first

Then I laid the rest of the pieces out in order.

When it came time to sew together the middle blocks of each row and column, I folded the large triangle in half along the long edge and marked the center point.

In Our Garden BOM - Match center points of the triangles

Then I pinned them together, matching the center point of the large triangle to the seam of the joined triangles, like this:

In Our Garden BOM - Matching center points of the triangles

 

The patterns for both of July’s blocks will be free until the end of the month. So hop on over to MooseStash Quilting to download the patterns!

 

In Our Garden BOM - Funky Flower Pot and The Not So Tricky Garden

And while you’re there, make sure to enter to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.

Gift Certicate FQS

Which reminds me… Congratulations to the winner to June’s $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.

Winner of Fat Quarter Shop 25 Dollar Gift Certificate

Winner of Fat Quarter Shop 25 Dollar Gift Certificate

Jackie has been notified and has perhaps already enjoyed using her gift certificate.

Thank you everyone who took time to leave a comment last month on my June 1st post!

 

Here are my versions of Joan’s July Blocks again in a photo that’s perfect for pinning!

In Our Garden BOM - Blocks 11 and 12

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #65

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on July 4th, 2016

Happy Independence Day to all my US readers!

What more appropriate vintage Workbasket embroidery pattern could I share than this lovely Independence Hall pattern.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Independence Hall

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Independence Hall downloadable PDF

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Welcome to Stitchery Link Party #65

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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Patriotic Garden Path Banner

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 30th, 2016

WOW… what a month it has been!

We started June here on Super Mom – No Cape with me introducing the blocks I designed for my month of the In Our Garden BOM.

In Our Garden Button

You still have until midnight EDT tonight to get June’s blocks for free.

Links for where to download both my Garden Path pieced block and Coming Home applique block can be found in my June 1st post.

And don’t forget the bonus pattern to Design Your Own Home Tweet Home. Mix and match the pattern pieces to create your own unique birdhouse blocks.

For this final day of my month of the In Our Garden BOM, I have one more quick project that you can make using my Garden Path block.

Patriotic Garden Path Banner

This was such a quick and satisfying make!

I didn’t have time this week to take photographs or to create a proper tutorial but this is how I made it:

In place of the dark and medium grey fabrics called for in the pattern, I used the blue star fabric.

And there’s no need to worry about cutting off those points. The block is designed in such a way that they are well outside the seam allowance.

For the red and white stripes, cut 4 red and 3 white strips 2¼” X 24½”.

Sew strips together using a scant ¼” seam allowance, starting and ending with a red strip.

You’ll end up with a piece that is 12 3/4″ X 24 ½”.

In order to make it 12 ½” to match the size of the block, trim 1/8″ on either of the long sides.

Note: Measure the red and white striped section before trimming. I must not have been completely accurate with my ¼” seams because I ended up with a piece that was exactly 12 ½” X 24 ½”.

Sew the Garden Path block to the red and white section.

Cut a piece of fusible fleece 12 ¼” X 36 ¼”.

Edited to add: I used Pellon 987 Low Loft Fusible Fleece.

Center the fusible fleece on the back of the banner and fuse in place. Cutting the fusible fleece slightly smaller, reduces bulk when the banner is turned.

Cut your backing fabric 12 ½” X 36 ½”.

For the hangers: cut a strip of background (blue star) fabric 3″ X 9″.  Fold it in half length-wise and press. Open the strip up. Fold one long edge til it meets the center. Press along the fold. Repeat with the other long edge.

You have now created double fold tape to match the banner. Sew along the edge. Cut into 3 equal pieces.

Fold the hangers in half and pin to the right side at the top of the banner. The two outer hangers are placed 5/8″ in from the side with the third one being centered.

Pin the backing to the banner, right sides together. Sew around all four sides, leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom for turning.

Trim corners to reduce bulk.

Turn right-side out. Press well. Sew opening closed. Give it a final pressing.

Cut a 14″ piece of doweling (we used a plastic hanger.) Insert the doweling into the hangers.

Cut a piece of cording 20″ long, tie to the ends of the doweling.

Imagine this hung on your front door:

Patriotic Garden Path Banner Hung on Front Door

Or in your backyard garden!

Patriotic Garden Path Banner Hanging in the Backyard

I love how it looks with the sun shining through!

Patriotic Garden Path Banner looks so pretty with the light shining through!

I hope you enjoy making June’s blocks as much I had designing them!

 

As always, if you make something with one of my tutorials, I’d love to see a photo. You can either e-mail me by clicking on the little envelope in the upper left-hand sidebar. Or tag me on instagram @supermomnocape.

 

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Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornaments

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 29th, 2016

With the 4th of July coming up in less than a week, many of you will be decorating in preparation to celebrate US Independence Day.

I have the most beautiful ornament for you to make and hang in your windows!

Back in November when I shared my Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial, I knew that I wanted to make some in red, white and blue.

And here they are!

Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornaments

The one on the bottom was made with 5″ squares to form the prairie points. I used 4.5″ squares for the one on the upper left. And the smallest in the upper right has 4″ squares.

Now for some close-ups:

Red White and Blue Stars Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornament

The red star and blue star fabrics in the ornament pictured above are from the fabric line American Anthem by StudioE. The blue stars on the white background are from Let’s Celebrate also by Studio E.

The fireworks and star fabrics in the one below are more from Let’s Celebrate by Studio E.

Fireworks & Stars Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornament

This 4″ Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornament is made from fabric I purchased with coupons from Joann Fabrics.

Star and Streamers Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornament

Once I started making these stars, I just couldn’t stop. So here’s a fourth one:

Red White and Blue Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornament

The red and blue fabrics are Stonehenge Celebration 3 by Northcott.

Want to make some of your own?

You will find complete step-by-step instructions in my

Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial.

Please note: For the stars with three different fabrics, I used 18 squares (6 of each fabric) rather than the 16 squares called for in the tutorial.

 

As always, if you make something with one of my tutorials, I’d love to see a photo. You can either e-mail me by clicking on the little envelope in the upper left-hand sidebar. Or tag me on instagram @supermomnocape.

 

And after you’ve made one (or more) Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornaments be sure to blog about it or post it on Instagram, Flickr or Facebook, then come share it in my Prairie Point Star Ornament Link Party!

 

 

 

This post has been added to the following link parties:

Finish It Up Friday        Fabric Frenzy Friday            Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #64

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 27th, 2016

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

It’s going to be a busy week here on Super Mom – No Cape! I’ve got two beautiful 4th of July inspired projects to share with you. And that’s in addition to today’s lovely vintage Workbasket pattern.

 

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - Betsy Ross and the US Flag

For those unfamiliar with US history, the story goes that in 1776, Betsy Ross was commissioned to sew the first US flag.

It was made up of 13 stripes, alternating red and white, beginning and ending with red and 13 stars in a circle on a blue background in the upper left hand corner (the side on which the flag is hoisted.)

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Betsy Ross and the US Flag pdf.

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Stitchery Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #64

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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In Our Garden Link Party at Sew Incredibly Crazy

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 24th, 2016

The In Our Garden Link Party – Month 5 is now closed for new entries and the fabric giveaway for this month has ended.

Have you made Blocks #9 and #10 of the In Our Garden BOM?

If so, Amy over at Sew Incredibly Crazy has a link party where you can share the blocks you’ve made.

The really cool thing is that by linking up, you’ll be entered to win fabric from Alison Glass.

In Our Garden Link Party – Month 5

You can link up your blog, Instagram or Facebook post.

Now I know that not everyone has a blog or accounts on Instagram or Facebook and I want to give everyone a chance to share their blocks and to be entered to win.

So… if you don’t have somewhere to link your blocks from, feel free to email me a photo of your block(s) by clicking on the envelope in my left-hand sidebar. Include permission for me to post it (a short sentence is fine) and I will post them on Instagram @supermomnocape or my Super Mom – No Cape! Facebook page. And I’ll get you linked up!

If you haven’t made June’s blocks yet, what are you waiting for?

There’s fabric to be won! 🙂

For those visiting for the first time or are a new subscriber… this is Block #9 done in Alison Glass Sun Print 2016 fabrics:

Garden Path - Block 9 of the In Our Garden BOM

Block #10, also done in Alison Glass Sun Print 2016 fabrics:

Coming Home - Block 10 of the In Our Garden BOM

Do you still need to download the blocks?

They’re available for free download until the end of June.

All the information where to do that is in my original post: 

In Our Garden BOM Block 9 & 10

There’s also a free bonus pattern”Home Tweet Home” that I designed where you can mix and match the various pieces to create all sorts of different applique birdhouse blocks.

Design Your Own Home Tweet Home

 

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Embroidery Monday & Stitchery Link Party #63

Posted by Super Mom No Cape on June 20th, 2016

Happy First Day of Summer!!

One of the things that I look forward to each summer is attending the different fireworks displays.

With Canada Day coming up on July 1st and Independence Day on July 4th, not to mention all the county and provincial/state fairs… there will be lots of opportunities to attend fireworks celebrations.

To get those celebrations started, I’m sharing this vintage Workbasket pattern for firecrackers.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern - FirecrackersDave has copied them in three different sizes so they can be used in a variety of different types of projects.

Vintage Workbasket Embroidery Pattern – Firecrackers downloadable pdf.

 

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Stitchery Link Party ButtonWelcome to Stitchery Link Party #63

For those who are newly subscribed or are visiting for the first time, every Monday I host a link party in which I invite others to share their hand embroidery projects.

If you’ve never linked up to a link party before and would like to join in, I’ve written a quick tutorial on How to Link Up to a Link PartyIt provides step-by-step instructions for linking to this party (or any other link party you might like to participate in.)

The rules for the Stitchery Link Party are simple:

1. The project can be anything as long as it includes hand embroidery stitches in some form. Such projects might be but are not limited to redwork, blackwork, goldwork, bluework, (etc), counted cross-stitch, crazy quilting, crewel, silk ribbon, pulled thread, hardanger and sashiko.

These projects do not have to be vintage or vintage inspired. All styles are welcome as long as it’s hand embroidered.

2. Link directly to your blog post, not to your blog home page.

3. If you happen to sell your embroidery or embroidery patterns, feel free to link up to a blog post you’ve written about a project you’re selling, but No direct links to shops or websites selling things.

4. This will be a curated link party. In other words, if a link does not conform to the three simple rules above, it will be removed.

The next three are more requests than rules. They are by no means a requirement to take part in the party:

5. Please link back to the Stitchery Link Party with a text link somewhere in your post. Or if you’d prefer you can use the cool button that our son designed for me.

Simply copy and paste the code you’ll find under the button in my left side bar. You can add it to your post or to the sidebar of your blog.

6. As well, please share the love and visit one or two (or more) of the other links and take time to leave a comment.

7. It would be wonderful if you decided to follow me but it’s not necessary in order to take part in the link party.

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