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Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial

Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial


Whether you’ve arrived from Pinterest, CraftGossip, Total Tutorials or another of the wonderful sites that have linked to my Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial, I’m so glad you’re here!

The step-by-step instructions with lots of photos make this an easy sewing project to complete in a couple of hours time. 

They will look stunning hanging on your tree or displayed in a window throughout the holiday season.

Make several to add to your holiday decor or to give to family and friends.

For this tutorial, 5″ charm squares are used but you could easily cut your own 5″ squares from scraps of fabric from your stash of holiday fabrics. Or cut different size squares to make larger or smaller ornaments.

Please note: When making different sizes, you’ll also need to adjust the size of the lightly stuffed circle that forms the base that the prairie points are sewn on to. Scroll down to the end for instructions for how to do that. 

Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial text at top of photo with the ornament hanging on a pine tree

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All the instructions you need to make these beautiful Prairie Point Star Ornaments are right here in this post.

But I realize that it might be more convenient for you to have a copy that you can download to your computer to print out and have beside you as you work. You can purchase the ad free Printable Prairie Point Star Ornament PDF file for only $5 from my shop. It has this complete tutorial plus a bonus page with 3.5″, 4″ and 4.5″ circle templates (no need to get out your compass) for making the stuffed circle bases.

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Materials required to make one Prairie Point Star Ornament:


To make the inside of the ornament:

1. Fold the 5″X10″ scrap of fabric in half or if using 5″  squares, place one on top of the other.

2. Use a compass (<-affiliate link) to draw a 4.5″ diameter circle.

4.5 inch diameter circle drawn on a piece of white scrap of fabric

If you don’t have a compass, you can use the lid from a yogurt container as a template.

Metal ruler laying across the diameter of a plastic lid

3. Stitch completely around the circle following the pencil line.

Sewing around the circle along the line drawn on the white fabric

4. Use pinking shears (<-affiliate link) to trim the seam allowance.

White circle of fabric that has been trimmed with pinking shears.

Alternatively, the seam allowance can be trimmed to 1/4 ” and notched as shown below.

Showing an alternative way to trim and notch the white fabric circle for the center of the Prairie Point Star Ornament

5. Pull the layers of the circle apart.

Showing how to pull the layer of fabric apart on the white fabric circle

6. Cut a small X in one side.

An X cut into the top layer of fabric circle

Avoid cutting the X too close to the center as you will be sewing through the center point several times.

7. Turn the circle right side out through the opening.

8. Mark the center point of each side.

White fabric circle turned right side out with an X drawn in the center of the circle.

9. Stuff lightly.

Lightly stuff fabric circle placed on the wood sewing cabinet

You want a flattish, puffed circle, not a round ball.

10. Whipstitch the opening closed.

The stuffed white fabric circle with the opening whipstitched closed.

It doesn’t have to look pretty. It just needs to hold the stuffing inside while you’re adding the prairie points.

Set the stuffed circle aside.

To make the prairie points for the Prairie Point Star Ornament:

11. Divide the charm pack into colorways.

The charm pack squares divided into the four colorways arranged on a green cutting mat

For this tutorial, I used Reindeer Games by Sandy Gervais for Moda. As there were four colorways, I chose 4 charms from each.

Sixteen 5 inch charm squares arranged in a circle on a green cutting mat

12. Place a charm square wrong side up on the ironing board.

5 inch charm square placed wrong side up on the pressing surface.

13. Fold it in half, opposite corner to opposite corner to form a triangle. Press.

Fabric square folded point to point to form a triangle on the pressing surface.

14. Fold the triangle, corner to corner along the folded edge to form the prairie point.

The fabric triangle folded point to point along the folded edge to form the prairie point.

15. Repeat for the remaining 15 squares.


To assemble the prairie point star ornament:

16. Thread the needle with about 30 inches of thread and tie a good strong knot.

I found that a soft sculpture doll needle worked best, but these can certainly be made using a regular hand sewing needle.

Long soft sculpture doll needle beside a metal ruler and a smaller hand sewing needle.

17. Insert the needle into the center mark on one side and draw through the mark on the opposite side of the stuffed circle.

Long needle inserted through the center marks from one side through the other of the stuffed white circle.

18. Place one corner of the prairie point on the center mark and take a stitch.

One point of the prairie point laying on the white stuffed circle with a stitch taken in the corner

19. Make another stitch, pulling the thread through to the opposite side of the circle as demonstrated in the left photo below.

Collage photo of the first prairie point being sewn to each side of the stuffed white circle.

20. Fold the prairie point over the circle and take a stitch in the opposite corner. Secure by taking a stitch back through to the first side.

21. Continue to add prairie points in this manner.

Four prairie point sewn onto the stuffed white circle with more prairie points in the background.

If it becomes difficult to pull the needle through the layers of fabric, a surgical clamp or pair of pliers can provide a better grip to pull it through. (Note: affiliate links have been added to help you find clamps or pliers)

A surgical clamp being used to pull the needle through the layers of prairie points on the circle.

It can be a little tricky to sew that last prairie point in place as it needs to be tucked under the first prairie point.

Collage photo demonstrating inserting the last prairie point under the first prairie point and then being sewn in place on the ornament.

22. Once the final prairie point is sewn in place, secure the thread with a knot but don’t cut the thread yet.

23. Cut a 12″ length of cording (or ribbon) to form a hanger.

A length of red cord with knots on either end laying beside the Prairie Point Star Ornament.

When using cording, I knot the ends to give me a larger area to sew through.

24. Sew the cord to the center of the circle.

Red cord sewing to the center of the Prairie Point Star Ornament.

25. Sew a pretty button on each side. Secure with a knot and cut the thread.

A gold heart shaped button sewn to the center of the Prairie Point Star Ornament

The finished size using 5″ charm squares is approximately 6″ across from tip to tip of the prairie points.


Prairie Point Star Ornaments can be made in a variety of different sizes and fabric combinations.

Three Prairie Point Star Ornaments hanging on a pine tree

In the photo above, the center one is the one made while creating this tutorial. The red and white used 4.5″ squares while the green and white has 4″ squares to make prairie points.

Changing the size of the ornament is easy. Simply decide what size squares to use to make the prairie points and cut the circle for the inside Β½” smaller in diameter.

For example:

If you are cutting 4.5″ squares, cut a circle that is 4″ in diameter. 4″ squares would require a 3.5″ circle.

The one pictured below is the first Prairie Point Star Ornament I made back in September.

One Prairie Point Star Ornament hanging on a pine tree

It’s made from leftover charm squares of Season’s Greetings by Sentimental Studios for Moda.

They look stunning done with white and gold fabrics with ribbon flower centers in place of the buttons.

These are beautiful additions to our collection of Christmas ornaments.   

They’re a great way to use up some of those charm packs or Christmas fabric in your stash!

Over the years since I posted this sewing tutorial, I have made several for our home and for gifts.

You can even make Prairie Point Star Ornaments for other occasions.

Patriotic Prairie Point Star Ornaments hung in a window makes a beautiful display from Memorial Day through to the 4th of July. When making them in red, white and blue fabrics, use 15 prairie points instead of 16.

Make them in shades of pink for Valentine’s Prairie Point Star Ornaments.

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All the instructions you need to make these beautiful Prairie Point Star Ornaments are right here in this post.

But I realize that it might be more convenient for you to have a copy that you can download to your computer to print out and have beside you as you work. You can purchase the ad free Printable Prairie Point Star Ornament PDF file for only $5 from my shop. It has this complete tutorial plus a bonus page with 3.5″, 4″ and 4.5″ circle templates (no need to get out your compass) for making the stuffed circle bases.


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.

Edited to add:

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


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  • Melissa Fox
    October 1, 2021 9:42 pm

    What does the back look like?

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 2, 2021 12:20 pm

      Hello Melissa,

      The back looks the same as the front. The prairie points are folded over the lightly stuffed circle and sewn to the back in the same way they’re sewn to the front.

  • Joanne
    November 18, 2020 12:10 pm

    I love these! Can’t wait to make them!!!!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 19, 2020 6:59 pm

      I’m so glad you like them Joanne!

  • Beverley Jones
    November 1, 2020 9:59 am

    I just made 3 of these, they’re so beautiful and so easy to make! Thank you.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 2, 2020 6:43 pm

      You’re welcome Beverley. I’m sooo glad that you like them!

  • Corrina
    July 19, 2020 3:55 pm

    How can I subscribe to ur blog
    Thanks ur ornament is pretty, I am going to give it a try.

  • Arendje
    July 6, 2019 10:18 pm

    May I have a PDF of the Prairie Point Ornament – thank you for sharing –

    • Super Mom No Cape
      July 12, 2019 10:02 am

      Hello Arendje, we’re still working on a new way to deliver the tutorial pdfs, so it’s unavailable at the moment.

  • Cheryl
    December 13, 2018 9:58 am

    Has any one tried using a layer cake maybe that would make a cute door wreath!

  • Bri Adams
    November 19, 2018 12:24 am

    Very cute! Happy Holidays!

  • Lisa
    October 10, 2018 10:32 am

    Just wandering, do these look the same front and back? Yours are beautiful!

  • Peggy
    September 13, 2018 7:09 pm

    I love this! Can it also be enlarged to make a door wreath?

    • Super Mom No Cape
      September 17, 2018 2:08 pm

      Hello Peggy… I’ve never tried to make one large enough for a door wreath. It couldn’t hurt to try.

  • judy matlock
    May 28, 2018 1:59 pm

    Could you possibly send me the explanation of how to subscribe to receive Pdf of the Prairie Point Start Ornament Tutorial? Thanks so much. jam

    • Super Mom No Cape
      May 30, 2018 7:52 am

      Hello Judy,

      The pdf for the Prairie Point Star Ornament is currently unavailable as we are making some updates to how we deliver our tutorials. It will be available again soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • Nancy
    May 23, 2018 5:48 pm

    please add me to your subscribers member list.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      May 23, 2018 8:08 pm

      Hello Nancy,

      I sent you an email explaining how to subscribe to receive the Pdf of the Prairie Point Star Ornament Tutorial. πŸ™‚

  • Lori George
    February 5, 2018 1:45 pm

    I love your Prairie Point Star Ornament! Do you have the option to download the instructions? I would love to make them as gifts for my family.

    Thank You.

  • Erlene
    December 16, 2017 10:59 pm

    I’ve never tried making an ornament like this. Very unique and pretty.

  • L J
    December 12, 2017 4:58 pm

    Love this, looks easy enough for young children, I was a bit confused regarding the other point, but read it more slowly and understood. Thank You, Great instructions.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 13, 2017 11:17 am

      Thank you for your lovely compliment LJ!

      I hope you have as much fun making them as I do. πŸ™‚

  • Diane
    December 10, 2017 12:22 pm

    I keep trying to get the tutorial but it does not come through on my e-mail.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 10, 2017 4:55 pm

      Hello Diane,

      According to my records you were sent the email with the link to the download page. Did you check your spam folder to see if it went there? In any case, I’ll send you another email with that link.

  • Anna-Maria Naidoo
    December 6, 2017 2:50 pm


    Please be so kind as to email me the PDF instructions for the prairie point Star.

    Kindest regards

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 13, 2017 1:52 pm

      Hello Anna-Maria,

      I’ve been on holiday but am taking time today to catch up replying to comments.

      According to my records you have already received the email with the link to the download page where you can download the PDF to your computer. However, I will sent you another email with the link. Please make sure to download it to your computer so that you have it for future reference. πŸ™‚

  • Debra
    November 29, 2017 6:47 am

    This is beautiful. I found that if I threaded all the points on the needle at once and just went through the cushion once with all of them, it was much easier to do. I have arthritis in my hands and found it quite difficult to keep going through all that fabric. Once one side was done, I just turned it over, and repeated on the flip side.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 7:48 am

      Thank you Debra. I’m so glad you like it.

      It can be difficult to keep pushing the needle back and forth through the stuffed circle. So I’m glad you found a solution that works for you.

      Once the craziness of the holiday season is over, I’m going to give your method a try and then I can update the tutorial with a new option for how to make them. πŸ™‚

    • Laurie Waddell
      December 18, 2019 11:13 am

      oh yeah I just had this idea too and came here to find out if anyone else had and it works like a dream finished in under 20 minutes….and prob less once i do a few!

  • Irene Partridge
    November 29, 2017 6:02 am

    Trying to get the Prairie point star PDF have input e-mail address but nothing coming through

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 7:47 am

      Hello Irene,

      I’ve sent you an email but I’ll reply here too.

      Where did you add you email address? Did you add it to the little window that pops-up when you click on the link in my post? Or did you add it somewhere else? In order to receive the Prairie Point Star Ornament pdf, you have to sign up through the little window that pops up when you click on the link in my post.

      Once I know how you signed up, I’ll be able to figure out why you didn’t receive it.


    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 8:08 am

      Hello again Irene,

      I was able to check the records for my email provider. And I think I know what happened.

      You had signed up to receive the pdf of the Prairie Point Star Ornament in October of 2016 and then a few months later, you unsubscribed.

      When you resubscribed/signed up again using the same email address… it didn’t trigger the send function for the delivery email because it’s set up to only send that email once to each address. And since you’d already received it once last year, it didn’t send it again.

      I’ve sent you another email with the link to the download page.

  • Pauline Austen
    November 28, 2017 7:53 am

    Went for coffee this morning and saw some ladies admiring a selection of these ornaments. The were so beautiful that I had to be nosey and have a look. I eventually found your site and can’t wait to get started (after I’ve finished my ironing). You are so talented. Thank You for sharing.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 29, 2017 7:50 am

      Thank you so much Pauline for your sweet compliment! Have fun making the Prairie Point Star Ornaments!

  • [email protected]
    November 18, 2017 6:47 pm

    That is such a pretty ornament! Pinned.

  • Valerie
    October 10, 2017 3:17 am

    This is beautiful. Can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you for sharing your talent with like minded sewers.

  • Terry
    September 15, 2017 2:09 pm

    I love this idea of an ornament, but my questions is when you fold in half and then again, when you put it on the ball the raw edges are showing. Are they supposed to show or not? If not, what am i doing wrong?

    • Super Mom No Cape
      September 15, 2017 4:25 pm

      Hello Terry,

      First make sure that you are working with each prairie point as a unit. Do not open them up after folding and pressing them.

      Each time you add a new prairie point to the stuffed circle, the raw edge of the previous one is covered up (as shown in the fifth photo on page 4) and then the raw edge of the final prairie point is tucked under the first (as shown in photo 7 on page 4.)

      I’m sending you an email to see if we can figure out what’s happening. πŸ™‚

  • Tammy
    September 6, 2017 3:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Can’t wait to try this!! ❀️❀️❀️

  • Steffini
    July 5, 2017 12:48 pm

    Would love to have this tutorial sent to me if possible.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      July 5, 2017 4:47 pm

      Hello Steffini,

      I replied via email but thought I’d reply here as well. The pdf of the Prairie Point Star Tutorial is only available to those who sign up through the links provided in Prairie Point Star Tutorial post. When you see Click Here… click on that and a form will pop-up for you to sign up. Shortly after you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with the link where you can download the pdf of the tutorial.

      Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

      Wishing you a wonderful, heart-centered day with much Aloha,

  • Renee
    January 2, 2017 11:56 am

    I have had the worst time sewing on the buttons. Any tips or hints? I also tried bells & had a bad time sewing them on. I love them! They are beautiful!

  • Sarah
    December 13, 2016 11:44 am

    quick question about spacing…about how far apart should the Prairie points spread from each other so there is equal spacing for all 16? super beautiful. thanks!

  • Patricia
    November 6, 2016 9:05 pm

    when I click on the “next” button all I get is a bunch of code, but no tutorial or pictures. Is there another way to get the tutorial, a different link, I tried both the Christmas one and the Patriotic one, must be they link to the same place. I have loved this ornament since the first time I saw it on Pinterest and was so excited when I found this tutorial tonight, now I am bummed πŸ™

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 6, 2016 10:11 pm

      Hello Patricia,

      I sent you an email but wanted to reply here too. The coding on the Next and Previous buttons has been fixed. They should work fine now.

  • Diana from SC
    November 6, 2016 1:06 pm

    Sorry, I accidentally deleted tutorial. Please resend it. I am not getting thru my email for some reason. Thanks, Diana

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 6, 2016 5:05 pm

      Hello Diana… No problem. I’ll resend the email. πŸ™‚

  • Diana from SC
    November 3, 2016 6:24 am

    I am having trouble sending the tutorial for the Prairie Point Star to my email….yes, checked the spam folder. Nothing
    Thanks for your help. Diana

  • Janet Anderson
    October 21, 2016 8:44 am

    I had a problem when making m8ne. The points don’t seem to look like yours. Kine looks moree like a round piece of candy. I made it with a 4 inch circle. Any suggestions.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 21, 2016 5:41 pm

      Hello Janet,

      I’ll help in anyway I can. I sent you an email. πŸ™‚

  • Karen Wilde
    October 10, 2016 12:00 pm

    Now l k ow what to do with all my xmas fabrics. Thanks

  • Mary Ann
    September 9, 2016 7:17 pm

    I am so glad i bought your prarie point kit at the quilt show in August at the church in Maine. Can’t wait to make some tonight. Thanks.

  • Audrey
    July 11, 2016 2:18 am

    Thanks for sharing. I really like these ornaments.

  • Susan
    February 8, 2016 8:45 am

    I just recently found your blog via another blogger. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which one. I really like this ornament and am going to attempt to make some for Christmas 2016. If I start now, I should be able to get some made. Thanks for this “complete” tutorial.

    Also, thanks for answering Jenny’s question as I was wondering that myself. Once you pointed out that it was in picture 20, I could see it. Even thought I had read it, it hadn’t clicked. I have subscribed to your blog.

  • Jean Russum
    January 17, 2016 7:07 pm

    Love the ornament, and just finished my first one. I would like permission to use this in a sewing guild program. Please contact me, as I can find no way to contact you directly. Thanks.

  • Linda – Sewing Shop
    December 14, 2015 8:41 am

    Wow what a gorgeous ornament! It looks intricate, but it’s pretty simple to make. Thanks for making this tutorial!
    I featured it on my blog today, you can see it here: Prairie Point Star Ornament

  • Susan
    December 13, 2015 4:07 am

    I do NOT know how I missed this post! I did, because there’s no comment on here from me, and I don’t remember seeing it, but this is the coolest thing ever! I must make one for my Secret Shoebox partner for next year. It’s fabulous! Thank you so much for showing how to do it. It looks pretty easy!

  • Tina in FL panhandle
    December 10, 2015 8:39 pm

    Thank You For The Tutorial. The Ordinate Was Great Fun To make.

  • Maryse
    December 10, 2015 9:31 am

    beautiful….I’m gonna make some right now…Love it!

  • Heather Stockton
    December 6, 2015 10:55 pm

    I just absolutely love them, they are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Beth A
    December 2, 2015 2:25 am

    I had the same question as Jenny. I’m glad the back is covered, too. I love this ornament. I could use fabric especially chosen for the recipient, like Hello Kitty for a certain daughter. Also perfect for an ornament exchange at my guild. Thank you so much for the tutorial!!

  • Janine
    November 30, 2015 6:37 pm

    These are beautiful – such a lovely effect to see them hanging together. Thank you for the tute πŸ™‚

  • Jenny Kavanagh
    November 29, 2015 11:15 pm

    I love these. I want to make some!!!

  • Marsha
    November 29, 2015 12:47 pm

    Great tutorial. Great gift for a fabric-loving friend or anyone. I will share this tutorial, with a link to your site, on my Friday Finds this week, Dec. 4th. Thank you; I can’t wait to make one!

  • Vicki in MN
    November 28, 2015 9:03 am

    OMG, what a super cute ornament!! Thank you for the tute πŸ™‚

  • Joanne
    November 24, 2015 4:29 pm

    Wonderful ornament!!
    Thanks so much for linking up!

  • Lesley Gilbert
    November 22, 2015 10:38 pm

    What a wonderful thing to see hanging on a tree or perhaps in front of a window – I shall certainly give this ornament a go sometime soon – thanks for sharing all your lovely photo’s.

    Lesley – wrapped up warm in a cold England πŸ™‚

  • Sandra F. Miller
    November 20, 2015 10:44 pm

    Great tutorial. Made a sample ornament for myself tonight. Very easy. I showed my mom and she didn’t believe I had made it myself. I told her how to make it and she will be making some herself. I plan to make some as gifts for friends.

  • Karen Andrews
    November 16, 2015 11:44 pm

    These look fabulous. Definitely going to make these to add to my many handmade ornaments!

  • Nanette
    November 16, 2015 11:34 pm

    Great! I made one as soon as I saw the idea! It came out beautiful! Thank you for the holiday ornament!?

  • Jeanine
    November 16, 2015 7:38 pm

    Love the idea. I will be making some myself.

  • Martha herbert
    November 16, 2015 6:39 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing I have wanted to make these for a very long time. Yours are beautiful

  • alice hahn
    November 8, 2015 3:03 pm

    Thanks for clearing up the step for photo 20. I didn’t get that either. these are so perfect as ornaments. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

    • norma
      March 27, 2017 11:03 am

      I missed it too. Thanks. Do you stitch the points together. looks like it one of the pictures.

  • Flashinscissors
    November 6, 2015 7:51 am

    Thank you for this lovely clear tutorial, Sue. It looks absolutely super!
    Barbara xx

  • Rachel
    November 6, 2015 6:31 am

    It’s charming, and the tutorial seems very clear.

  • Gina
    November 6, 2015 4:02 am

    THis is wonderful. I have a small tree up all year and I like to change the ornaments depending on the season. I’ll be making a few of these to use throughout the year. xxx

  • Debbie
    November 6, 2015 1:21 am

    These are awesome, fabulous tutorial

    hugs and stitches

  • Maria
    November 5, 2015 9:35 pm

    Thank you the great tutorial…

  • Karen
    November 5, 2015 10:09 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I now have a use for my collection of Christmas charm squares.

  • Mary Anne
    November 5, 2015 7:30 pm

    These look amazing – thank you so much for the tutorial. I know it took a lot of time to do this!

  • Mary
    November 5, 2015 5:31 pm

    Those look fantastic. Thanks for the fun tutorial.

  • Kate
    November 5, 2015 5:25 pm

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this tutorial Sue! Your ornies are beautiful and I thank you for the fabulous tutorial!

  • Jenny Benton
    November 5, 2015 4:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern. But I’m just a little confused – are the prairie points just stitched to the front of the puffy circle? If so, is the back uncovered? Or do they fold right around to the back?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jenny from New Zealand

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 5, 2015 5:10 pm

      Hello Jenny,

      The tutorial is very photo intensive so it would be easy to miss that part of the directions. If you scroll down, under photo 20, the instructions say… Fold the prairie point over the circle and take a stitch in the opposite corner. Secure by taking a stitch back through to the first side.

      So the prairie points are stitched to both sides of the circle completely covering both the front and the back of the puffy circle.

  • Christine M
    November 5, 2015 4:22 pm

    Your ornaments are gorgeous, Sue. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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