1. Mini Quilt-Along Week 3— Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars

    Posted by on January 20, 2020, in quilting & sewing, ,

    By Karen Johnson

    Week 3

    For week three, make the blocks and assemble your mini quilt. Complete instructions are in the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!, and the mini version cutting instructions are here in a free download courtesy of Carrie Nelson.

    Here’s my progress:

    Important:  Before you start stitching and cutting, be sure to read the complete instructions in the book.

    Add a border and your top is done!

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there may be a prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.


    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.


    Prize Alert! If you’ve been quilting along, post your progress for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at ShopMartingale!  Simply post a pic on our Facebook or Instagram page each week.  The more pics of your progress, the more chances to win. Be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered. On February 3rd, we’ll draw a random winner from the pics that have been posted.


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  2. Let us take you on a Treasure Hunt!

    Do you love antique quilts, reproduction fabrics, and all the charm of yesteryear? If so, Treasure Hunt: 13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds is for you. Take a look!

    Linda Collins and Leah Zieber are coauthors of a fascinating new book that offers you a wide variety of patterns based on antique quilts they own and love. Plus, these two longtime friends let you in on their secrets to finding your own antique quilt treasures. Linda is from Australia and Leah is from California, and separately and together, they love combing antique shops, searching flea markets, and seeking treasure troves of never-before-seen quilt blocks and patterns.

    Today, Leah shares some of her best insider secrets with you, but first, let’s look at some of the wonderful projects Leah and Linda included in their pattern book for you.

     

    Start simple with a Nine Patch variation. Easy piecing and wide white sashing provide sought-after farmhouse appeal. Wouldn’t this be perfect atop a feather bed? By Linda Collins.

     

    This little quilt looks rather modern for its age. It’s the perfect project for using up strips—or cutting some new ones. By Leah Zieber.

     

    Leah’s reproduction Courthouse Steps quilt is spot-on to the original. It’s amazing how authentic you can be when using reproduction prints. Dive into your stash and your scrap basket for this one. By Leah Zieber.

     

    Two-color quilts are both classic and eye-catching. Set off small T blocks with a tiny Flying Geese border in a smaller quilt that works well on a wall or as a table topper. By Susan Greene.

     

    Challenge yourself with a striking pattern that lets you showcase both your piecing and quilting skills. It’s truly a showstopper. By Linda Collins.

     

    Got a big stash of reproduction prints? Put them to excellent use in a colorful project! Choose a different reproduction print for each block in this quilt. Notice how the blocks are set on point and they run right up to the edge of the quilt. There’s no border—just partial blocks that direct your eyes to the very corners of the quilt. By Linda Collins.

    Now that we’ve got you intrigued, here’s Leah Zieber as our guest blogger, here to tell you more about Treasure Hunt.


    Be Inspired by American Quilt History!

    Let me take you on a Treasure Hunt! As an antique and vintage quilt collector, I’m always on the hunt for another amazing find. Whether in my hometown or somewhere I’m visiting, I usually take the opportunity to peek in local antique stores to see what I can find.

    Collecting antique quilts and using them to create reproductions is a thrilling process of exploration, excavation, and recreation. After the adventure of the hunt is over and the prize comes home to stay, spending time with an antique quilt reveals a variety of new discoveries in patterns, fabrics, and piecing methods.

    It’s exciting when I unearth a unique or quirky quilt or block pattern that I’ve never seen. Especially with designs that are more than a hundred years old. The thrill of these unique finds encourages me to turn these treasures into wonderful patterns for you to make.

    Designs from the nineteenth century can be challenging to work with, as there weren’t standard block libraries for quiltmakers to choose from. Also, keep in mind that bed sizes weren’t standardized until well into the twentieth century. Most quilt patterns were passed down from family members or were hand drawn by the quiltmaker to fit her specific bed size. Little regard was given to typical measurements or quarter-inch seam allowances.

    Sometimes I get lucky and can reproduce the block pattern and border design using the exact measurements from the actual antique, thus creating a copy of the quilt. Other times I need to manipulate the math so that the pattern is better suited to cutting and piecing with today’s tools. While we love the look of antiques, I want the pattern to be achievable. That sometimes means it’s best to take the quilt in a slightly different direction from the original and make a quilt inspired by it.

    With our new book, Treasure Hunt: 13 Quilts Inspired by Antique Finds, Linda and I use both the copy and inspiration methods for making our reproductions. One great bonus feature is that you get wonderful images of the original antique quilts that led to our re-creations. We selected quilts that are uniquely different, quilts that will inspire you to use fabric from your stash, and quilts that can be made with contemporary or reproduction fabrics. We also provide you with some insider information for hunting down antique quilts as well as quilt care, storage, and display. We hope that Treasure Hunt encourages you to use these patterns from the past to create your own masterpieces inspired by American quilt history.

    Linda Collins                                   Leah Zieber


    Thanks for sharing a peek into the antiquing world, Leah!

    We’ve got a copy of Treasure Hunt to give away to one winner!  To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    What is your own favorite antique find?

    We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to make your own reproduction quilt today, purchase Treasure Hunt at our website and we’ll send you a link to instantly download the eBook for free.

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    Congratulations to the lucky winner. Thanks to all who entered the drawing!


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  3. Mini Quilt-Along Week 2—Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars

    Posted by on January 13, 2020, in quilting & sewing, ,

    By Karen Johnson

    Week 2

    Ready to start stitching? Go! For week two, begin stitching your cupcake papers by sewing on the dotted lines as instructed in the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!. Then cut on the solid lines shown in the book*.  Yes, it’s that simple.

    *Complete instructions are in the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up!, and the mini version cutting instructions are here in a free download courtesy of Carrie Nelson.

    You only need to stitch 19 papers and it goes really fast!

    To review week 1, check out our blog post from last week.

    Here’s me, stitching:

    *Important: Before you start stitching or cutting, be sure to read the complete instructions in the book.

    Next up, trim your stitched units:

    *As before, refer to the book for complete trimming instructions.

     

     

    It’s fun to watch the pile grow!

     

    Now, press open with the paper side down:

     

    Finally, to complete week 2, find your favorite chair, start your current favorite streaming series/movie/audiobook/podcast, and rip off the papers:

    Me, enjoying the last few minutes of Grease, while ripping the papers off.

     

    If you’ve never ripped Cake Mix or Cupcake Mix recipe papers, here’s Carrie, demonstrating how fast and easy it is:

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there may be another prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.


    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.


    Prize Alert! If you’ve been quilting along, post your progress for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate at ShopMartingale!  Simply post a pic on our Facebook or Instagram page each week.  The more pics of your progress, the more chances to win. Be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.  On February 3rd, we’ll draw a random winner from the pics that have been posted.

     


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  4. Mini quilt-along begins! Mix It Up with the Moda All-Stars (+giveaway)

    By Karen Johnson

    Need a quick, easy, and cute project to kick off the year? Join me in a four week quilt-along, where we’ll stitch a mini version of Carrie Nelson’s Bubble and Froth quilt from the book Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! The 70½" x 70½" quilt in Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! is made from Cake Mix Recipe 4. Our mini version, a 28½" x 28½" quilt, will use Cupcake Mix Recipe 2. Cute, eh?

    Bubble and Froth, the original 70½" x 70½" quilt by Carrie Nelson

     

    Bubble and Froth, 28½" x 28½"—Cupcake size!

    Although you need the book to complete the mini version, Carrie has provided basic instructions for cutting the pieces for the mini quilt here. Thanks, Carrie!

    Week 1

    Simply download the mini instructions, choose your charm pack, and grab the book and one Cupcake Mix Recipe 2.

    Here’s what I used for my mini Bubble and Froth:

    I took all of the lights from each charm pack and added a BasicGrey Grunge from my stash for the background. Since the mini quilt requires only one charm pack, I’ve got enough darks left over to make a second mini quilt!

    You can follow along for instructions each week by checking back here or watching us on Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to post pictures of your progress and use the tag #mixitupqal so we can see your posts. Hint: there may be another prize at the end, so be sure to use #mixitupqal to be entered.

    DID YOU KNOW? "Moda is donating royalties for this book to Feeding America. With your purchase of the book, you’re helping end hunger around the United States. Together, for every dollar we donate, we’ll be helping provide as many as 10 meals for hungry children and adults."  Lissa Alexander.

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    What’s a quilt-along without a prize package? Moda Fabrics and Martingale have pulled together a starter pack for your quilt-along!

    Prize package includes a copy of Moda All-Stars: Mix it Up! + a charm pack of Fine and Sunny by Jen Kingwell Designs + Cupcake Mix Recipe 2.

    We’ll draw a winner one week from today. Enter to win by telling us in the comments:

    Which are you?

    I’m a quilt-along newbie

    I’m a quilt-along joiner, not a finisher

    I’m a quilt-along regular and I finish ’em all!

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Barb H who says:

    “I’m a quilt along newbie. Have been wanting to trying the Cake Mix papers. Looks like fun!”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Barb—congratulations!

    The timeline for the Mix It Up QAL:

    Week 1, January 6—Download cutting instructions for the mini quilt, choose your charm pack, and grab the book and one Cupcake Mix Recipe 2.

    Week 2, January 13—Start your engines! Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Week 3, January 20—Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Week 4, January 27—Follow along on Facebook or Instagram or here for weekly instructions.

    Post pictures of your progress each week on Facebook or Instagram to be entered in a drawing for a grand prize—be sure to tag your post with #mixitupqal!


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  5. New book––Sisterhood of Scraps + guest author + giveaway!

     

    Welcome! Our quilting world gets a little bit bigger every time a generous quilter shares her energy and ideas to inspire others. Lissa Alexander, author of Oh, Scrap! and Marketing Director for Moda Fabrics, is Martingale’s guest blogger today.  And she is exactly that type of individual. She is a talented, creative, savvy businesswoman AND a thoughtful friend who does much good through the connections she makes in fabric and in life. Read along and learn more from this terrific designer as she shares charming stories of challenges and friendships within Sisterhood of Scraps. Prepare to be inspired!


    Hello all,

    I am thrilled to be on Martingale’s blog today to tell you about my new book, Sisterhood of Scraps, available TODAY!

    First, Let’s talk about this cover.  How cool are the chairs on the wall with quilts ever so neatly folded and draped over them? Six chairs, one for each of the designers in the Sisterhood, and a modern representation of the quilting groups of years past.

     

    Where did the title of this book come from?

    Sisterhood:  An association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade. A group creating countless memories with people who love and support each other by sharing their own unique arsenal of knowledge, skills, and talents.

    I am lucky to be surrounded by so many people who share their talents.

    Scraps: Small bits of fabric left over after you cut the main piece.

    Sheryl Johnson’s scrap drawers

    As a follow-up to my solo book, Oh, Scrap!, I invited some of my designer friends to create a scrap quilt, but there was one catch. Each designer was assigned a shape to base their quilt on, and I would also make a quilt using my interpretation of the same shape. And the resulting quilters were secret until the big reveal.

    Laurie Simpson (@minicksimpson), a good friend and a Moda designer, was the first person I invited. I challenged her to create a quilt using any combination of four and nine patches. Laurie rifled through her scrap bins, used blues and creams, and added a stacked-brick border to create her quilt titled Forty-niner.

    Forty-niner, by Laurie Simpson

    Laurie creates a scrap-fabric bundle she calls the “99 Bundle,” which is a collection of 9″ squares of some oldies and lots of goodies. To find out more about 99 Bundles, visit Minick & Simpson.

    The 99 Bundle

    My version of four and nine patches is called Friendship Starter. I had used both of these elements in previous quilts, and the little four patches seemed to multiply like baby rabbits. So this was the perfect project to use them up.

    Friendship Starter, by Lissa Alexander

    Any four patches I had left over were used on my backing or shared with others.

    Friendship Starter quilt back

    Next up on the Sisterhood lineup is Susan Ache (@yardgrl60).

    Susan is the most energetic and creative person I have ever met. I tell you this because when I contacted Susan about the book concept, she immediately said "Yes, and I have a quilt that would be perfect." So, in this case we worked backward. Susan created Scrap Diving, featuring a center LeMoyne Star surrounded by Log Cabin blocks. The pop of red behind the stars, finished with a red binding, is amazing.

    Scrap Diving by Susan Ache

    I used the Log Cabin concept and set my blocks on point to create This Little Light of Mine. The blocks are quilted with a floral pattern to highlight all the light sections and with straight lines through the darker sections, making those areas recede.

    This Little Light of Mine, by Lissa Alexander

    As I write this blog post it is the last month of this decade and if you are thinking your New Year’s resolution is going to be to use up your scraps or stash, some quilts in this book are perfect for that, such as Forever Friends by Sandy Klop (@sandyklop) of American Jane.

    Forever Friends by Sandy Klop

    If you want to expand your color theory and want to use a wide range of colors and fabrics, we have some great choices for that also. I am in love with Sheryl Johnson’s Half-Square Hashtags.

    Half-Square Hashtags by Sheryl Johnson

    Or if you want to learn some new words like "Raditional", there are plenty of tidbits throughout the book for you (thank you Barbara Brackman).

    Barbara Brackman (right) and me at Quiltcon

    Hope you have enjoyed the previews of some of the quilts. Look out for projects from additional designers such as Barbara Brackman (@barbarabrackman) and  Kim Brackett (@kim_brackett).

    A Sisterhood can be a secret club with only members knowing each other’s identities. That was the case as we worked on this book, but now it’s time to invite each of you to join the Sisterhood of Scraps club.  There is a membership certificate at the back of the book. Feel free to cut it out and display it proudly or share it with us on social media using #sisterhoodofscraps hastag.

    I can’t wait to see what you make.


    Thank you for embracing the sisterhood, Lissa!

    To celebrate the launch of Sisterhood of Scraps, we’ve got TWO prize packages to give away.  Each package includes one print copy of Sisterhood of Scraps + a fat quarter bundle from Moda Fabrics.

    Prize Package 1: One "Sisterhood of Scraps" book + one fat quarter bundle of Play All Day, by American Jane

    Prize Package 2: One "Sisterhood of Scraps" book + one fat quarter bundle of Clover Hollow, by Shari and Chelsi

    To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

    Which designer would you say is the closest "sister" when it comes to your quilting style?

    We’ll choose two random winners on Monday, January 13th and let you know by email if you win.  Good Luck!

    Comments are closed for this post.

    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Carmen Montmarquet (wins Prize package #1) and Gwen Wehner (wins prize package #2).

    We’ll email you both about your prizes, Carmen and Gwen—congratulations!


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  6. NEW! Kim Diehl! Stacy West! Jenelle Kent! (+ giveaway!)

            

    Welcome to Wish List Day at Stitch This! We’re SEW excited to introduce you to new Martingale books coming your way in February—the 30-day countdown begins now! Keep track of your favorites by using the “Notify Me” and “Wish List” options at ShopMartingale.com. Browse the latest batch of Martingale books below; then enter to win your favorite book of the month at the end of this post!

     

    Subscribe to our blog and you’ll always be first to see new Martingale books, plus special sales, freebies, tutorials, and more.

     


    Simple Patchwork

    Stunning Quilts That Are a Snap to Stitch

    Kim Diehl

    Throughout Kim Diehl’s 20-year career, thousands of quilters have fallen in love with her beautiful quilts and books. In her latest collection, Kim focuses exclusively on patchwork, for those who love her style but don’t have the time or inclination to add appliqué touches. Sixteen easy-to-piece projects range from bed quilts with supersized blocks to charming must-make minis. Play with simple Snowball and Churn Dash blocks or try showy stars and zigzags. Choose from wall quilts, table toppers, bedroom ensembles, and even a mini sampler quilt, all in Kim’s sought-after style. Bonus: Simple Patchwork is jam-packed with dozens of Kim’s tried-and-true tips you won’t want to miss.

     

    See more from Simple Patchwork >>>

     


    Buttermilk Basin’s Vintage Vibe

    25 Patterns with a Retro Feel

    Stacy West

    Turn back the clock and experience a little nostalgia as you stitch something new to enjoy in the present–the Buttermilk Basin way! Celebrate vintage style all year long with this treasure trove of wool-appliqué projects. Create handmade valentines, seasonal scenes, and odes to summertime fun and Halloween hilarity, all with a wink and a nod to days gone by. Plus don’t forget a Christmas full of classic elves and Santas! Make ornaments, little pillows, wall hangings, tea towels, and more that will feel right at home in any space–and discover Stacy West’s best appliqué and embroidery tips along the way.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    See more from Buttermilk Basin’s Vintage Vibe >>>


    Farmhouse Fresh

    Clever Creations for 16″-Wide Toweling

    Jenelle Kent

    Toweling fabric, with clean, classic stripes and old-fashioned appeal, is a perfect match for a farmhouse home. So why keep it only in the kitchen? Sew beyond traditional tea towels and dive into this project collection chock-full of fun ways to play with 16″-wide, 100% cotton toweling. Inside you’ll find easy-to-follow patterns for 17 projects, including:

    *Pretty pillows
    *A runner and place mats
    *An apron and oven mitt
    *A take-along pouch
    *A cute laundry bag
    *A travel roll
    *Mini fabric tubs
    *A quilt-block storage book
    *A sewing-machine cover
    *And, of course, tea towels!

    With so many styles of toweling available, you’ll find the perfect fabric to suit your style. Learn ways to embellish your projects with appliqué, embroidery, and a mix of cotton prints too! You’ll love this fresh spin on the farmhouse look–that you can enjoy throughout your home.

    See more from Farmhouse Fresh >>>


    Which new book would make your February extra special? Tell us in the comments and you could win it when it’s released! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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    Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Becky Leitl who says:

    “I love them all but if I have to pick one, it would be "Simple Patchwork." I can no longer hold needles due to numb fingers. I do all my quilting steps by machine. I see my self being able to make the quilts from this book for my Guild’s charity programs. The charity quilts are my passion and joy in my "retirement." Thank you for extending these giveaway opportunities to us.”

    We’ll email you about your prize, Becky—congratulations!

    By the way . . . January’s new releases are available TODAY!

     


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  7. Sale! 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar

    Posted by on December 31, 2019, in quilting & sewing, ,

    What’s on your calendar for January? Wait! What? You don’t have a calendar yet? We have the solution!

    Right now, you can get our 2020 calendar for 40% off while they last!

    Now in its 18th year of publication, That Patchwork Place’s quilt calendar is a favorite of quilters worldwide. Show off a love of quilting year-round and enjoy sewing along each month too: the calendar spotlights 12 swoon-worthy quilts plus a 28-page pullout booklet that includes complete directions for making each project.

    Chosen from recent best-selling Martingale books, the featured quilts come from much-loved designers including Lissa Alexander, Betsy Chutchian, Kim Diehl, Carol Hopkins, and Stacy West. Whether your calendar hangs in the kitchen, office, or sewing room, this perennial favorite is perfect for ringing in each month of the year with gorgeous quilts.

    Quantities limitedorder yours at 40% off now

    Order your 2020 That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar now>>>
    19.99 $11.99


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  8. Set your DVR––Craft in America: Quilts––Premieres on PBS December 27, 2019

    Learn about contemporary quilters from diverse traditions as we celebrate the important role quilts have played in our country’s story.

    Featuring Susan Hudson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michael A. Cummings, Judith Content, the International Quilt Museum, and special guest Ken Burns. Premieres on PBS December 27, 2019 at 9pm Pacific (check local listings).

    Fascinated by the International Quilt Museum? Hold a visual history of American quiltmaking in your hands!

    Whether you fall head over heels for every antique quilt you see or you’re intrigued by quiltmakers of the past—our coffee-table book American Quilt Treasures was made for you.

    Inside this exquisite hardcover volume, you’ll take a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey through a curated collection of quilts housed at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. The museum graciously allowed Martingale to photograph 65 one-of-a-kind quilts, ranging from just 30 years old to an incredible 197 years old. Many of these quilts have unknown makers, but in this lavish coffee-table book devoted to a visual storytelling of American quiltmaking, those makers’ voices are heard through their stitches—and their talents are celebrated.

    Prepare to be whisked away by astonishing patchwork and awe-inspiring appliqué, all captured in lavish, detailed photography.


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  9. A Holiday wish for you

    Posted by on December 20, 2019, in quilting & sewing,

    Whether you’re stuffing stockings, baking cookies, or sprinting to finish your sewing, we want to take just a moment to say thank you. We are honored to be a part of your creative life, and we wish you the happiest and healthiest (and creative-ist!) of holidays.

    Tomorrow we’ll depart to spend the holidays with loved ones, and we’ll reopen Monday, December 30th. But stay tuned, because 2020 is going to be our most inspiring year yet. New books from Kim Diehl, Lissa Alexander, Jan Patek, Brenda Riddle, and Carol Hopkins plus an all-new Moda All-Stars book are coming your way—and that’s just in the first few months of the year!

    Sending our warmest wishes and biggest thank-yous, from all of us at Martingale. Have a very happy holiday season and a Happy New Year!


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  10. 🎁Last-minute shopping? We’re here to help!🎁

    Posted by on December 19, 2019, in quilting & sewing, ,

    Christmas is next week and [insert excuse here: It’s too late to ship/you don’t know what they need/you forgot/late is how you roll], but you really want something special under the tree for the quilter in your life? We’ve gotcha covered! Let her choose that special something herself!

    Print this Gift Coupon (click to download a pdf), fill out the left side and wrap it up. Done! Your quilter can browse books at her leisure and find her favorite. She completes the Wish List on the Gift Coupon, gives it back to you, and you make the purchase after the Christmas rush!

    Easy breezy.

     

    Need a couple of ideas to get her started? Here you go. You’re welcome. 😊

     


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