Friday, July 29, 2011

A Little Project to Finish out Christmas in July

The other day (as in a month ago) I was at Jo-Ann's and found these cute panels to make books in the Clearance section.  Aren't they just adorable!!  I was so excited I couldn't pass them up.  So I whipped them up one afternoon and then gave them as a gift to my wonderful sister. (who quite possibly, loves Christmas more than I do, and that's saying something :)


Her children adore them!!  They have had them for a few days now and she assures me they are getting much love!!  Isn't it just the greatest when your projects are loved by little ones!!!!


Now I just wish I would have bought a few more panels as my children keep asking where are our books :)  Seems like I might have to take another trip back over to Jo-Ann :)
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wantobe Quilter Campaign!!!

Okay, so we all know that I am a little crazy about quilting :)  Well there is a new campaign going on over at one of my favorite blogs (Sew We Quilt) for new Want To Be Quilters who are just getting started out in the wonderful world of quilting.  The idea is to spread the joy of quilting (so that you can all think about quilting as often as I do, tee hee hee)  And the best thing about it is you can win big!!!  Oh, and I should mention when you win, I win too  (and you all love me and want me to win too, right :) 
 


So what can you win . . .
They are having quilting supplies to giveaway 5 x a week for 12 weeks.  From sewing machines to irons, to die cutters, to mats, to rotary cutters, sewing baskets, scissors, batting, needles, rolled sewing machine bags, patterns, books, magazines...everything you could imagine to assist you in being a NEW Quilter.   (I will mention though, if you do win . . . you have to pay for the shipping of the prizes, as the oranizer is doing so much she would go bankrupt in shipping costs.  But trust me, these prizes will be worth the shipping.  However, if you win something that you don't want to pay shipping for you can just not claim the prize, or you can tell me you don't want that particular prize, I am pretty positive I would be willing to pay for shipping to my house :)
 
So what qualifies you to be a Wantobe Quilter . . . 
You do not have your own machine, tools, notions, or fabric stash.  (now I know a few of you have a old, beat up, or "wimpy" machine but that is okay, that just means you don't qualify to win a machine, but you can win anything else.)  Basically, You could have made a quilt once with a Mom, Sister, Friend, ect. but you loved it, and want to do it more, but you don't have your own tools. 
 
So what do you have to do . . .
FIRST - Email me your name, email,  and phone number sew I can submit this to the organizer.  (These won't be redistributed and you can email them to me at happyquiltingmelissa (at) gmail (dot) com )
SECOND - Make sure you are a follower at my blog (www.happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com) and a follower at Stash Manicure.  http://stashmanicure.blogspot.com).  (Following is easy, just click on the follow button up in the top left hand corner of the blog :)   

Doing these two easy steps qualifies you to win!!  Pretty Easy Right!!! 

 There are over 49 Sponsors involved.  And oh my goodness it is going to be a blast!! I am pretty excited to be part of this, sew should you. I love being a QUILTER and I hope that a few of you can maybe win big and start down your own path of having quilting on the brain 24/7.   So if you are interested, just follow the 2 steps above :)  
 
This all starts August 1st so make sure to send me those emails by then :)  It is going to be so much fun!!!!
 
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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Final Winner!!!

Let's get right to it, shall we!!!

The winner of the Summer Breeze Quilt Kit sponsored by Burgundy Buttons is . . .




#403 . . .  Who happens to be . . . harleywife57!!!  Congrats!!!  I have sent you an email.


harleywife57 3 said...

I already follow Burgundy Buttons Blog and on facebook !
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some VIBee Sewing!!!

Oh my goodness, did I miss sewing!!!  I really was starting to get a little cranky not having time to spend in my new sewing room.  So this week, I ended the hiatiaus by working on some VIBee Blocks.  

The first one is for Meghan.  She is making a red and teal quilt for her husband who is in the Army Airbourne division.  So I googled images of Army Airbourne and came up with this for a little inspiration.


And this is what I created from that inspiration.  I hope you like it Meghan.  I am just thrilled with how well it turned out :) And I am just realizing as I posted this that I spelled Airbourne wrong, after I checked it like 10 times.  Grrrr!!!  



Second, was this month's block for Krista.  She is making a "Brown" quilt for her boy.  And brown isn't her favorite color to sew with so she had our bee group help to get it done for her :)  Don't you just love how simple but at the same time how cool this is.  It will make quite a cool masculine quilt :)


Yippee Skippee for sewing again!!!  Here's to many more hours spent in my special purple room :)
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Winner, Winner!!!

I actually had time to sew yesterday!!!  It was so much fun!!!  A three week break from my sewing machine is just to long, even my husband told me yesterday that I shouldn't worry about mopping and just go sew because I was getting cranky without it :)   I can't wait to show you what I put together (but I will save it for tomorrow, as I have a tiny bit to finish up on it :)

So let's get to it . . . The Winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle of Flurry sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop is


Drum roll please . . . . . . . #374   Who happens to be . . . Quilt N Queen!!  Yippee Skippee to You!!!


Quilt n Queen 174said...

What an awesome giveaway!! I'm celebrating my first year of blogging too....I'm not too chattie in blogland but I am trying to chat more. Keeping my fingers crossed....(o:
Quilt N Queen I have sent you an email.  And thanks again to everyone who played along.  I can't believe there were 557 entries.  That is a new record (by far) for Happy Quilting :)  

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

p.s. Just in case you are wondering, I know that the entry says 174 and not 374.  That is because my counter starts over at 200, so this is the second 174 which makes it 374 :)


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Christmas Traditions Advent Calendar

*** Note  If you are looking for the Flurry Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway sponsored by The Fat Quarter Shop you can find it here :)
                 If you are looking for the Strawberry Breeze Quilt Kit Giveaway sponsored by Burgundy Button's you can find it here :)

It's Christmas in July!!!  

And I am so excited to share with you my newest Moda Bake Shop Tutorial!!    It's the Christmas Traditions Advent Calendar.  I just love this concept of keeping track of your Christmas Traditions.  We wrote it out on a calendar last year but that wasn't very cute.  So this year I knew I had to turn it into a quilted wall hanging!!  And I am just thrilled with the outcome!!!  And if you are as thrilled as I am, you can always pop on over to the tutorial and leave me some comment love.  ( tee hee, hee or should I say Ho, Ho, Ho :)

Each day from Dec 1st to the 24th, you will find a little scroll tucked underneath the flap (or you can do a pocket if you prefer, there are instructions for both) .  Each morning Mom, Dad, or one of the kids get to pull out the scroll and find out what Christmas Tradition we will do that day.  Some are big, (like seeing the lights, building a snowman, or going caroling) and some are small, (like reading a Christmas story, having hot chocolate with marshmallows, or singing our favorite Christmas songs together.) But most importantly, we don't miss out on any of our favorite Christmas Traditions and we keep the holiday spirit in our home all month long :)



So could your family use a  Christmas Traditions Advent Calendar to help you keep track of all your holiday going's on??  Well great, just pop on over to Burgundy Buttons where Leah has worked up an adorable Christmas Traditions Advent Calendar Quilt Kit just for you :)  And as always, at great Burgundy Buttons prices.  Hurry, supplies are limited!!


I just love Christmas!!!!   I had so much fun putting together this little Christmas Calendar and I hope you love it just as much as I do.  More importantly,  I hope this little project tutorial will help many of you out there to keep the Christmas Spirit in your home.  


I will finish this post with a bit of a close-up.  Don't you just love that adorable applique!!!  My kids favorite are the gingerbread men :)  Have a very Merry Quilting Day!!!

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Winner of the Intrepid Thread Sponsored Giveaway!!

Thank you to all of you who helped me celebrate Happy Quilting's 1 Year Blogiversary!!

So let's get to what you are all waiting for . . . The winner of the Intrepid Thread Giveaway for this lovely stack of fat quarter's is . . . .  Me,  No Just Kidding, I wish it could be :)


The Winner Chosen by Mr. Random.Org is . . . .  #31

Quiltjane 31said...

Happy Anniversary. Over 1000 followers in one year, very impressive. I am a humble follower.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Finishing Up with a Bang!!! (of a giveaway, that is :)

Well all good things must come to an end I suppose.  Today is the last day of  Happy Quilting's 1 Year Blogiversary Celebration.  But don't be sad, You are sure to like the grand finale planned.  Again, I wanted to stop and take a minute to thank all of you out there that have supported Happy Quilting over the last year.  I am sorry I haven't written back to all of your giveaway comments ( I was a little to busy, but know that I did read them all :)  but they have made me laugh, cry, and in general just smile a lot!!  You all are the greatest!!!  I look forward to continuing to get to know you and to seeing what the next year has in store for Happy Quilting :)

So, on with the Grand Finale!!!  If you have followed my blog for anytime you will know that Burgundy Buttons is one of my awesome Sponsors!!   Burgundy Buttons is a terrific on-line shop and has excellent customer service.  And they always have amazing sales going on that you will find all about on their blog.  Right now, they have a different sale every day for a Christmas in July celebration.  So much fun!!! Leah is such an amazing woman and I have had a great working relationship with her for quite some time as she is my partner in making up cute Quilt Kits for my tutorials.


Just recently, we started a new venture of Pattern Making!!!  I designed and made the pattern and Leah got it all printed up and has it available in her shop.  My first pattern is called Summer Breeze and I am happy to announce that is now also available in a PDF form for email or instant download.  This is a great option for those of you oversees where the shipping tends to be more than the pattern :)  You can find it for purchase at Burgundy Buttons or in my little Etsy Shop :)


So why do I bring this all up??  Well because today's giveaway is for a Summer Breeze Quilt Kit!!!!!  You got that right, everything you need to make the quilt top, including the pattern!!!!  That means you get the Summer Breeze Pattern, a Strawberry Fields Layer Cake, 3 1/2 Yards of the solid background, 1 Yard for the Border, and 1 Yard for the Binding!!!  How is that for a rocking ending!!!!


Okay, so I know you want a chance to win this so here are the deets!!!  (pretty much the same as all week long, I bet you are an expert by now :)  You have three chance to win, and please, leave a separate comment for each (for a total of 3 comments max :) If you leave one saying I did it all, Mr. Random.Org will only count it for one.

  1. Be a follower of Happy Quilting or become one and leave a comment.  Your comment doesn't have to say "I am a follower" anything will do  (as long as it is clean :)  (It's easy, just click follow up in the top left hand corner :)
  2. Be a follower of Burgundy Button's Blog or become one and leave a comment.  Leave me any old comment about Burgundy Buttons.  They are such an amazing shop.  If you are just discovering them you will be super excited!!
  3. Alert the Media - Post on facebook, twitter, or your blog about this giveaway.  Leave a comment saying where you wrote and a link :)  You can post on all 3 sites but it only gets you one entry. But remember, the giveaway juju is a good thing!!!
Giveaway will be open until July 21th and a winner will be announced on the 22th :) 

And if you have missed the other celebration giveaways this week you can find them here and here :)

Oh, and one last thing.  I saved it until the end because I didn't want it to be a downer.  If you happened to have already bought my Strawberry Fields Pattern thank you and I need to inform you that there was a typo.  You can find the correction to it under the Pattern's tab up at the top of the blog.  The typo has been fixed on the PDF version :) I am sorry, I checked it a million times but sometimes things slip through.  Please accept my apologies for any inconveniences this may have caused you.   



Thank you all and may you all have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's not a Celebration without a Parade!!!

I love tutorials!!!  I mean who doesn't love a step by step guide to create something fabulous.  It is almost as good as sitting through a class :)  Since I started this blog a year ago I have made 13 tutorials, and 1 Quilt-A-Long Tutorial.  That pretty much blew me away.  I had no idea I had done so many.  Just in case you are wondering . . .You can find them under the Quilt Tutorials and Other Tutorials tabs at the top of my blog :)

Making tutorials is so much fun!!  I love making the projects!!!  I love "arranging" fabrics a certain way to make sure I get a great layout for a picture.  I love sewing it together and thinking the whole time of how I will word things!!!   I would say I love the actual writing and editing pictures for tutorials, but that process is the not so fun part, at least for me.  I would say I  "like" writing the tutorials :)  I love having tutorials available for people to make.  And most of all, I love, love love when others use my tutorials to make their own beautiful creations!!!

And so I thought today, it would be fun . . . As part of Happy Quilting's 1 Year Blogiversary Celebration, to have a little parade of some of those creations.  Here are some of the amazing project's made using tutorials put together by me.  (Hint - These are the ones posted in my Flickr Page . . . If you have made a project using one of my tutorials please feel free to email me a picture or add it to my Flickr Page, I would love to highlight your work as well :)


This version of Sugar Pop N Change was posted by Lisa and made as part of  a Do Good Stitches Bee.  What a great idea and how fun to see everyone's different fabrics come together :)

Another version of Sugar Pop N Change posted by Hannah.  I just love the yellow background!!!

Janet from CA emailed me this picture of her completed version of Sugar Pop N Change just a few days ago.  I love how it pops!!!

Linda emailed me this picture of her version of Nature's Gems made with old shirts.  What a treasured memory quilt :)


T. Anne posted her version of Hugs and Kisses from the Park.  It blows me away how even with the same fabric a quilt can look so different because of different quilting.  So fun!!


Color Me Quilty posted this beautiful version of Sugar Pop N Change.  I love how she substituted 2 coins for the dragonfly print.   What an amazing effect!!

colimachia's version of Snuggly Squares.  She made it larger to be a lap quilt instead of a baby size and I just love it.  The colors are so beautiful together!!

A version of Snuggly Squares II posted by skippitydodahquilts.  She made this a week before donating it to her church for their annual auction.  I bet they were tickled pink to have such a fabulous quilt :)

Another version of Sugar Pop N Change made and posted by msshilts  I love those 30's reprints.  They are just so adorable :)


This black and white king size version of Sugar Pop N Change was posted by kazwee75 and was her first quilt top.  I am blown away that she bit off a king to start with.  Amazing, it is absolutely stunning!!!


This version of Braided Irish Chain was posted by sewandtellquilts and is a memorial quilt made using their Grandpa's old plaid shirts and jammy pants.  This will surly be a treasure for years to come :)


And one more version of Snuggly Squares posted by theycallmewanda.  I love how bright and fun this quilt is.  It just makes me want to do a little happy dance :)


And that ends out parade for today!!!  Thank you to those that have posted their finished products on my Flickr Tutorial page so we can all enjoy your amazing eye candy!!!  I look forward to next year where we can see a whole new parade of amazing projects.  And of course, there will be many new patterns as I plan to keep on making tutorials for you all to enjoy :)

Oh, and just in case you might have missed Happy Quilting's earlier Celebration Giveaways you can find them here and here. And come back tomorrow for the final Celebration Giveaway.  I am so excited for it :)
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Celebration Giveaway!!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

The Happy Quilting 1 Year Blogiversary Celebration continues on!!!  And today I have something in store that you make you all want to celebrate!!!

Today's giveaway sponsor is the Fat Quarter Shop.  If you haven't heard of their shop you are missing out.  They have everything, and I do mean everything.  In fact, just yesterday they announced on the blog, The Jolly Jabber, that they are releasing their own pattern line called It's Sew Emma!!  How exciting is that!!

**Random change of topic**  So . . . Do you remember how I posted earlier about how much I love Christmas and how fun Christmas in July is??  Well, a fabulous place to find an enormous selection of Christmas fabrics is the Fat Quarter Shop!!  I mean seriously they have an entire Christmas Section in their shop that is 57 pages long!!!  Yippee Skippee :)

So today, Kimberly is sharing the Christmas in July love by sponsoring a Tremendous Giveaway.  What is it, you might ask??? . . . First off, sit down, I wouldn't want you to faint when you read this next part. . .   Up for your chance to win is  . . .


An Entire Fat Quarter Bundle of Kate Spain's Flurry!!!!!!
as in 28 Fat Quarters and a Panel!!!!



Okay, So I know you are excited so lets get to it!!  Here is how to enter. . .   You have three chance to win, and please, leave a separate comment for each (for a total of 3 comments max :) If you leave one saying I did it all, Mr. Random.Org will only count it for one.
  1. Be a follower of Happy Quilting or become one and leave a comment.  Your comment doesn't have to say "I am a follower" anything will do  (as long as it is clean :)  (It's easy, just click follow up in the top left hand corner :)
  2. Be a follower of The Jolly Jabber Blog or become one and leave a comment.  Leave me any old comment about the Fat Quarter Shop or the Jolly Jabber.  That shouldn't be hard, they are such a tremendous shop you could write about them all day!
  3. Alert the Media - Post on facebook, twitter, or your blog about this giveaway.  Leave a comment saying where you wrote and a link :)  You can post on all 3 sites but it only gets you one entry. 
Giveaway will be open until July 19th and a winner will be announced on the 20th :)  And as a side note . . . I will be posting my Christmas in July Moda Bake Shop Tutorial on the 19th that uses this same line.  Yippee Skippee for Christmas in July!!

Oh, and just in case you missed it . . You can check back to here for Monday's Celebration Giveaway and you can also check back on Friday for Happy Quilting's final Celebration Giveaway :)
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Celebration Continues

**** Note - If you are looking for the Intrepid Thread Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway you will find it here :)

What better way to celebrate one's Blogiversary than signing up for an awesome conference!!!  I have wanted to  attend the Sewing Summit since I heard about it but have put it off because the timing was a bit off for me (more on that below).  But yesterday I decided (after a little discussion with my sweet husband and my mother) that I am Going!!!!!  I am so excited!!!!


So what was holding me back . . . Well, I am due to have our 5th child some time around the 25th of September.   But I decided that gives me a good 2 weeks to recover before the conference.  And my wonderful mother, who happens to live just outside of SLC has agreed to watch the wee little one during the day for me.  Ya, I really want to attend this conference!!!

I wish I could stay up late at the hotel with all of you ladies and run around in pj's gabbing with everyone but I will be content with attending the conference in the day and taking care of my newest little bundle of joy in the evening. (and probably most of the night :)   So if you see me there and I happen to be falling asleep just give me a quick nudge :)  Can't wait to meet some of you in person!!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!!

P.S. Check back tomorrow for another fabulous Sponsor Giveaway :)
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy Blogiversary to Happy Quilting!!!! (Celebrate in Giveaway style :)

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Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness!!!  Happy Quilting is a year old today!!!  And I have to say, what an amazing year it has been.  I originally created this blog so that I would stop taking over the "family blog" with all of my quilting pictures.  That was my only purpose.  And in 1 year, one tiny year, later it has grown in leaps and bounds!!!  I am just blown away by the amount of growth!!  And I am just thrilled with that growth and the opportunities this blog has given me in my little quilting corner of the virtual world.

And it would not be possible without all of you!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you out there!!!  For those that read Happy Quilting, that leave sweet comments, that make my tutorials, and that generally just make me feel so happy in this quilting endeavor!!  You all are what makes Happy Quilting so fun!!



So . . .  to say thanks, with the help of some of my amazing sponsors, we will be having a few giveaways this week in celebration!!  Yippee Skippee!!!!  (Who doesn't just love a good giveaway)

Up first is a sweet sweet giveaway from The Intrepid Thread.  I just have to say that Julie's shop is amazing and if you haven't checked it out, you are missing out.  She always has great deals going on and she has a super fun Friday giveaway each week on her blog :)

So what does Julie have for you to possibly win??  How about a stunning Fat Quarter Pack of Wrenly!!!!  Aren't these just amazingly, absolutely, adorable!!!  There are 13 Fat Quarters in the Mandarin and Gypsy line :)


The Nitty Gritty . . .   You have three chance to win, and please, leave a separate comment for each (for a total of 3 comments max :) If you leave one saying I did it all, Mr. Random.Org will only count it for one.

1 - Be a follower of Happy Quilting or become one and leave a comment.  Your comment doesn't have to say "I am a follower" anything will do  (as long as it is clean :)  (It's easy, just click follow up in the top left hand corner :)

2 - Be a follower of The Intrepid Thread Blog or become one and leave a comment.  Leave me any old comment about The Intrepid Thread, like I said, it is an amazing shop.

3 - Alert the Media - Post on facebook, twitter, or your blog about this giveaway.  Leave a comment saying where you wrote and a link :)  You can post on all 3 sites but it only gets you one entry, but giveaway karma is a wonderful thing :)


Giveaway will be open until July 17th and a winner will be announced on the 18th :)  So get commenting :) And that's all!!!  Now go grab yourself a piece of cake and celebrate Happy Quilting's 1 year Blogiversary with me!!  Yipeee Skippee!!!!
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!!

So the past 3 weeks have flown by!!!  And I have to say, I LOVE IT!!!!  We have spent more time with family in the last 3 weeks than we probably have in the last 3 years.  (possibly an exaggeration but you get the idea. :)  We pretty much get to the house in time to climb into bed and start all over the next day.  We have had a baptism, a blessing, a holiday, and today we have a birthday and tomorrow a Reunion. Yippee Skippee for living close to family again and not having to miss out!!!

Because of this, it also means I have had a 3 week sewing break.  Which I have to say, feels really weird.  (But it is okay, family first :)  But, starting Monday, things will begin to slow down and I am hoping to get to spend some time sewing in my new sewing room and not just painting it :)

Which is good because . . . I am behind on my VIBee Block.  (Sorry Meagan).  I am going to be turning these . . .

into this, I hope :)
And starting something special for my Grandmother with this.


And whipping up these adorable little books for another special someone.


So here is to sewing time starting on Monday the 11th!!!!

And . . . . That is not all that is happening on the 11th.  July 11th just happens to be Happy Quilting's 1 Year Blog Anniversary!!!  Can you believe it, I know I certainly don't believe it has been a year.  So check back Monday because there is some major celebrating to do!!!!  (hint, hint, giveaway time :)
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Riley Blake Quilt Contest!!!

A few months back I made a tutorial for Riley Blake Cutting Corners . . .Do you remember it??  If not, you can find all about it here :) Anyhow, It was my first time working with Riley Blake fabric and I loved it. I seem to recall from the comments that many of you also love working with Riley Blake fabric.  So . . . . .   I thought some of you might be interested to know that Riley Blake is having a little quilt contest and you could win a stinking cute Beach Cruiser Bike.  Here is where to find out about the details :)

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Christmas In July!!!

I just love Christmas!!!!  So you can imagine my excitement to the announcement of the Moda Bake Shop's Christmas In July month!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!  All month long there will be tutorials loaded with Christmas goodness.  And yes, there will be one from me later this month (I finished it almost 2 months ago and it has been killing me to keep it on the down and low for so long :)  So check it out all month!!  I busted out a few Christmas CD's in celebration :)


And it wouldn't be a proper teaser without a picture.  So here is a little peak from my Christmas in July project coming out on the 19th :)

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