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04/10/20 What I’ve been Making

I always have my hands in several projects at a time, but lately I’ve been really hopping around. Do you do that? I thought it might be fun to share a little bit of what I’ve been making.

Hunt

We aren’t due for a Hunt QAL update yet, but here’s one anyway. With the appliqué done and the blocks sewn together, all I need are some borders to make it the size I want it to be. In this case, it’ll go on my bed, which is where I laid it out to figure exactly what needs to be added and what might look good.

If my bed weren’t already cream, I might be more tempted to go totally wild with scrappy/shiny/fun prints for the sides. However, I’ve decided to keep the borders mostly light/white to give it a little contrast. The fun prints will go on the back in all kinds of scrappy glory. In my mind, this will be a two-sided quilt. (Although, aren’t they all?)

Border tip: I always pin my borders before sewing them, with the border on the bottom and the blocks on the top. This way works for me.

Making more masks.

I’ve been making masks, with the first couple of batches going to healthcare workers as well as to a local nursing home. For those I used this May Chappell tutorial, which is fantastic. The size fits a wide range, including anyone needing to wear a cloth mask over their medical-grade mask.

The newest batch of masks is for me and for some friends. I thought I’d try a different style to change things up. These are the CraftPassion masks (tutorial here), and I used t-shirt yarn (tutorial here, although I just cut 3/4″ strips from jersey scraps that I already had). The t-shirt yarn is pretty genius. It’s soft, easy and accessible if you have jersey scraps or old t-shirts lying around. I’m a big fan.

Have you seen the jokes about using bras as masks? It’s gotten me giggling, but in all seriousness, after sewing this style of mask (and having sewn bras), I’ll tell you that there are some real similarities!

Picking the colors and fabrics are just as fun as picking them out for a quilt or a garment. Although thinking about prints and colors to wear on your face is a new consideration. I can’t say that I have any concrete conclusions to draw on that…

Just for reference, I have a couple of May Chappell style masks on the left and the CraftPassion masks on the right.

Handwork.

Handwork. I have to have it, especially now. Do you? With Hunt being done, it’s been weird not having an easy go-to for winding down in the evening. To be honest, I was hoping to get Hunt finished and basted so that hand quilting could fill the evening handwork needs, but it’s been a couple of weeks, and I can’t help myself. I need it. My scrappy Everglade blocks (using my pattern here) are exactly what I knew I’d be coming back to after Hunt. I am excited.

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Hunt QAL #10 Check In.

Hunt QAL #9 Check In.

My blocks are sewn together! Yay!

This is an exciting step seeing it all come together. Since I’ve already decided that I want to put this quilt on my bed, I’m planning to add some borders around the edges to make it the right size. I’m thinking I’ll use lighter fabrics, I may or may not scrap-ify them…or I may do something totally different. We’ll see once I actually audition some options.

I need to figure out my backing, no clue what I’m feeling like for that, but I did order some batting yesterday. Generally, I’m not wow’d by batting options lately, and so I’ve been fairly inconsistent in what I’m using. For this quilt I’ll use Quilter’s Dream Poly in their lowest loft. I’m kind of liking their poly lately, and I think the thinner option is what I’m wanting for this one. With some weightier fabrics in the mix, I feel like the thinner batting could offer a nice balance. Plus, I know it will be a delight to hand quilt.

Some tips on sewing the blocks together!

You can definitely sew them together by machine, although I’ve ended up sewing this one and all of my other Hunts together by hand. I like a slow finish on a longer-term project, and since it isn’t a ton of seams, I don’t find it to be a huge deal. Plus, it can make lining everything up a little easier, especially the seams that share the neighboring appliqués. To do this, you’ll need to draw the 1/4″ seam allowance on the back of the blocks. Then you just follow the line to sew together!

By next check in, I’d like to have my top finished and the quilt basted. Fingers crossed!

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Hunt QAL #9 Check In.

Hunt QAL #9 Check In.

I have 1 block to go! Although if you’ve been following along, in the last update I was sort of hoping to have this one done by this check in. Oh well! It’s been a crazy month, which I anticipated, and overall I am very pleased with my progress. There are 3 months left to finish this block, get the top sewn together and possibly get it quilted.

hunt QAL #9, carolyn friedlander

I did manage to get this final block basted and partially appliquéd; some progress for sure!

This month included a trip out to Austin last week for QuiltCon. I taught a Hunt workshop, and I thought it’d be fun to share some of the class photos here. Hope you enjoy! My students always make me see things in new ways and give me ideas for things to explore.

(Here’s where you can find a copy of the Hunt pattern or templates, and you can catch up on the full QAL here.)

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Hunt QAL #8 Check In.

Hunt QAL #8 Check In.

With a bonus week since the last check in, the holiday downtime and a motivated eye on the finish line, it’s been a productive few weeks.

I have every block in play–yay! Seeing the end gave me a boost of motivation, and so I pushed a little harder this weekend to wrap up on a couple of extra blocks. I now have 15 blocks fully finished and 1 block remaining to be basted and appliquéd.

I’ve saved this blue block in the corner for last. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to go so boldly blue with my original plan being more about green.

My layout is mostly grouped by color. With there being darker greens, lighter greens and shades from navy to hunter green to sage, I like how this approach can organize everything and tell a story. I’ve laid out the blocks a few times now, and each time I feel like I’ve done it a little bit differently. There are so many good options, but I’m calling this good and will sew it together without second guessing anything.

As for the blue, I love it. It gives a pop, and that print is one of my favorites from Collection CF. The color came out so vibrant, which makes me happy. This one is staying.

Another new and exciting combo that I discovered this month is this one.

hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

How has your month been? Have you been finding yourself adapting the vision as you move along too?

(Here’s where you can find a copy of the Hunt pattern or templates, and you can catch up on the full QAL here.)

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Hunt QAL #7 Check In.

Hunt QAL #7 Check In.

This month’s check in is coming a week early because of the holiday next week. This shortens things a smidge for December, but lengthens the time until the next one. It’s a glass half empty/half full situation.

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks on my dresser

Since the last check in, I now have 11 blocks completely finished, 1 being appliquéd, 1 fully basted and several background options cut out. This means I finished 2 more blocks and started on a 3rd, which isn’t too terrible considering it’s December and there are other things and projects going on.

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks that are green and creamy white

My approach continues to be a very relaxed one. This project is SO great for picking up in the evenings when I don’t have the energy/focus/motivation for anything else. It’s great.

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks with lots of greens

The plan is still to wrap up on all of the blocks before the end of the next 2 months, and I think I can get there!

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks stacked up

Highlights and reflections this month include the following:

+ I’m liking the strategic discovery last month in how I’m appliquéing the pieces.

+ I discovered new needles this month and am giving them a try. Clover size 10 Appliqué needles are my go-to, but when some 12s came under my radar I had to give them a go. They’re a bit thinner and slightly shorter than what I’m used to, and they’re great! 10s are still my favorite, but I’ll definitely be using these as well.

hunt QAL block and a Wiksten Shift top

+ This month I’ve squeezed in some other projects, including some gift sewing that I can’t share yet, and a Wiksten shift for myself. (Sidenote; I’m LOVING it, it’s such a great pattern.) After shooting a pic of it with a finished Hunt block, it gave me the idea of a potential mixing of the two…

Thanks for following along, see you next month!

Hunt QAL #7 quilt blocks in a stack

(If you’d like a copy of my Hunt pattern or the templates, you can find them here and here.)

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Hunt QAL #6 Check In.

Hunt QAL #6 Check In.

We’re halfway there! I cannot believe it, and I’m happy (and surprised) with my progress and hope that you are making good progress too.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

My goals this month were fairly loose. I only finished appliquéing 1 block over the last month, and I have the appliqué on another one underway.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

To tally things up at this 6-month point, I have 9 blocks fully completed, 1 block being appliquéd, 3 fully basted blocks and several background panels cut out and ready to get set up. I need to figure out the appliqué fabrics for the final blocks, which I’m sure I’ll map out all together. It’s easier for me to work in that way, and I hope to do that before the next check in.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I did have one strategic revelation this month. If you’ve taken a class from me, you know that I love thinking about strategic sewing. I tend to plan out how I baste and appliqué each block so that it’s an efficient use of thread, steps and time. If it makes sense, I start/stop in certain areas, I may leave basting thread to be continuous between nearby sections or I may make use of other tactics. They are small things that over the course of a project can make a difference. Of course whatever works if it gets you to the finish line, but this stuff is fun for me to think about while I’m working through a project.

With every Hunt I’ve made, I’ve appliquéd each piece separately. This is such an obvious approach, that it’s taken me this long to realize that there is an alternative. Working individually isn’t only logical, but it is definitely the way to go if there are a bunch of different colors and you need to change thread for each of them. I can’t think of another way to do it in that case. However, when all of the pieces are the same color, like I have here, it’s different. I realized that I could work multiple shapes continuously instead of stopping to cut and reset a new length of thread at each shape.

If you take a look at the block below, the shapes on the left are only appliquéd at the top. This is because I am working continuously along the tops, easily flowing from shape to shape. I am making my thread jumps from the back, which are not seen from the front. (Note: to do this knot at the back of each shape without cutting the thread, jump to the next shape, knot on the back to secure and pull the thread to the front. Don’t cut the thread, don’t reset.)

This makes for a more continuous flow and importantly, you can now use a full length of thread before stopping, recutting and resetting up. I discovered this on this block, because I needed to use a gray thread on the gray tops and the green thread at the bottom. It seemed silly to stop and start at each little top, and so I worked them continuously in this way. It seemed to go faster because I could use each strand of thread longer, and so I knew I wanted to try it for the other pieces. I think it helps, and I’m continuing to try it out. Let me know what you think, if you’re into the nerdy details!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

Aside from that revelation, it was fun to finish this block and to see the way the print works in this context.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I’ve been storing my blocks in a flat stack on a dresser, but I do pull them out monthly to take a pic. It’s nice to see the finished stack getting larger.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve decided that over the next 3 months, I’d like to try to get all of my blocks finished, and I’ve updated my calendar to reflect that. This way I can spend the final 3 months assembling my quilt top, quilting and binding this project. That’s the plan anyway! It helps to verbalize it, right?

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

pattern: Hunt quilt

fabrics: (so many!) jetty, collection CF, instead, harriot, gleaned, euclid, friedlander lawn

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Hunt QAL #5 Check In.

We’re 5 months in! Crazy.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

It’s been a good month, and I’ve been eager to lay everything out. Several of these blocks have been in hiding, because they use my new fabrics. Yay! 

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I originally started out with a narrower selection of greens, but now I’m including much more of a range, and I’m really liking it. Some are darker, some are lighter, some are more green or more olive–it’s such a mix!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

The mix of neutral backgrounds is also making me happy.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

Highlights this month have been embracing such a mix and getting it all laid out for the first time. I’d been working with everything in a stack, and so spreading it out to take these photos has been quite satisfying. I’m also really glad that I worked a little ahead for the month. Today is the first day of set up at Quilt Market, and I’ve been heavily prepping for the show!

In terms of entertaining things, I really got into the podcast Last Seen about the art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It’s really captivating and very detailed, and it’s kind of making me want to read more about this heist and others in general. 

Goals for next month? I’m happy to have quite a bit prepped, so I can probably mindlessly plug away or if I get inspired I may decide to prep the final blocks. We will see.

How’s your month been? 

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Hunt QAL #4 Check In.

Month #4!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I’ve made some progress this month, which feels good. How are you plugging away?

I don’t usually take the time to write down highlights, goals and achievements, but since making up the calendar, it’s been super easy and kind of fun to do so.  (Makes me think I should be more diligent about this in other areas of my life…)

It’s also making it helpful to figure out where I’m at with the update. To date, I have the following:

-4 backgrounds cut

-6 blocks fully appliquéd

-1 block partially appliquéd

-2 blocks fully basted

-4 blocked pinned and ready to baste

This means I have an extra background to play with, and it means I have a lot of blocks at play–yay! A big help this month was that I gave myself a larger chunk of time spread out over a couple of days to lay everything out and to figure out what comes next. Because I could see what I had, it made it really easy to play with my options. Pulling fabric, cutting out shapes and making pairs with the backgrounds is definitely a step that works best when you can allow a bit of momentum to happen. I don’t know what I originally hoped to put together, but I ended up cutting out 6 more blocks, which was far better than I’d hoped! The great thing is that now I’ll be able to work from this pile easily and whenever I have some time no matter how much or little of it there is. Since I’ll be prepping for Quilt Market and traveling next month, I’m already glad to free up some mental space.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

Are you making any discoveries while working on your project? Is the appliqué feeling more comfortable?

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

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Hunt QAL Month #3 Check In.

Hunt QAL . Month 3 . Carolyn Friedlander

Hunt QAL Month #3 Check In–here we go!

Hunt QAL . Month 3 . Carolyn Friedlander

I’m on track with my goals this month–yay! I’ve finished 1/4 of the overall blocks, and I also have a couple of others basted and ready to go for the next 1/4. This month I added prints from Gleaned and Instead, which I’m pretty happy about. In fact, I’m planning to add more from Instead in my next batch too. I was worried about it being too dark, but once I auditioned it, I liked where it was going.

Hunt QAL . Month 3 . Carolyn Friedlander

A big realization this month had to do with layout. I found my blocks in a way on the floor that gave me the idea to make alternating rows of waves. I’m pretty intrigued and will keep the option in mind moving forward. Kind of fun, huh?

Hunt QAL . Month 3 . Carolyn Friedlander

Other than that, I’ve enjoyed steadily working on these blocks. They’ve provided some calm (usually before bed) amidst other deadlines and things going on.

Good watchables this month: Somm (on Amazon Prime) about 4 men training for the Master Sommelier exam and Diagnosis (on Netflix) about crowdsourcing help for mysterious medical conditions.

I hope the month has treated you well!

Hunt QAL . Month 3 . Carolyn Friedlander

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Hunt QAL Month #2 Check In.

Hunt QAL Month #2 Check In.

I really won’t say this every month, but seriously, it’s already been a month?!

This month has been a fun and a productive month for my QAL project. Not only do I love July. I love that it is right in the middle of the summer, that it marks the end of the first half of the year, and that it can sometimes mean a bit of summer travel. This July has been all of those things, including a fun, travel adventure, I spent an entire week across the country in Sisters, Oregon for the Quilter’s Affair. It was wonderful, and I was able to get quite a bit of my Hunt project underway on those long flights.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

At this point, I have 1 block totally finished, 1 block halfway finished, and 3 blocks fully basted. My goal for the next month is to prep and baste 2 more blocks and to fully finish 2 1/2 more blocks so that I have 4 blocks fully finished. Yeah!

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

I’m not totally sure about including the Harriot striped fabric–I’m still not sure on the color being exactly what I’m going for, but I’ll keep going with it. I’ve pretty much decided that I really like the blue Friedlander Lawn that’s in there. It’s been enjoyable seeing how that fabric appliqués up with these shapes. I’m also really really happy to be using the green and some other prints from my upcoming new Collection CF fabrics. (Blog post to come soon!) There’s one green in the collection that is perfect for what I’m going for, and there are also several good background options that I’m happy to be working in there.

Hunt QAL . carolyn friedlander

In other Hunt news, my trip out to Sisters was very relevant. Not only did I teach a class using my Hunt pattern, but I also had a couple of my Hunt quilts hanging in the shows. Here are some pics from class and then from the show.

Hunt Quilt class . carolyn friedlander

These are different student blocks from our show and tell at the end of class. I always love how great the blocks from different people look together. I feel like it can give you ideas for things you wouldn’t otherwise think of. (Other blocks are from my Alturas and Park patterns.)

In the big quilt show on Saturday, my Hunt Harriot Quilt was hanging as part of the quilts from QuiltCon exhibit.

Hunt Harriot . carolyn friedlander

Hunt Tangerine hung in a special show with my quilts on Sunday.

Hunt Tangerine . carolyn friedlander

So many Hunt happenings this month!

If you’re following along for watching/listening recommendations, here you go. Some recent watchable recs are Minding The Gap, Instant Hotel (on Netflix) and the Weekly (from the NY Times). As for listening, I might have binge-listened the entire Man in the Window podcast while working on my Hunt on airplanes, etc this month. It sucked me right in!

I hope this month has treated you well! If you have some good recs or monthly highlights, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or to reach out.

Happy Hunting.

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Hunt QAL Month #1 Check In.

Hunt QAL Month #1 Check In.

I have two questions for you. (1) How has it already been 1 month, and (2) how are things going with you and your project?

For me, this month developed in ways I didn’t totally anticipate. I’d made a plan, but when putting it into action, I realized I wanted to make a few adjustments, which is fine. Instead of working in strict groups of 4 blocks, I decided that I wanted to get a better idea for the fabrics for all of the blocks at the onset, so I’ve spent most of my time refining my color and fabric plan.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

My dream all along has been to make a green and white project, and it wasn’t until I was driving around town that I noticed what I was going for was right in front of me. This isn’t a great picture, in fact it’s a grab from google…but this building was my aha moment.

Florida's Natural . Lake Wales, Florida

And then I really started to notice things.

green and white inspiration

After seeing the color schemes in real life, I decided it would be fun and helpful to create a moodboard on Pinterest for this project. I don’t always do this, actually I never do this, but it seemed like a helpful way to go and a fun thing to indulge myself in. You can see my full moodboard here.

Hunt QAL mood board . carolyn friedlander

I’m really excited to keep going with this. I feel like getting the color and mood right can be tricky, but once you get it, it’s smooth and exciting sailing. I’ve pulled and cut fabrics for many of my blocks, but I’ll show these for now.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

I know, there’s blue up there. I promise, I really am heading in the green direction, but once I looked at that fabric (from friedlander lawn), I just had to have it in there. I can’t wait to turn those pieces under and see how the fabric plays out.

Hunt QAL . Carolyn Friedlander

Are you enjoying using the planner? Normally I’m terrible at remembering things, but since I’ve been noting stuff in my planner, my list of shareables is at the ready.

In watching/listening news, the Price Is Right documentary on Netflix was great, and Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us (also on Netflix) was a tough, but really compelling and well done. In terms of Podcasts, I’ve been listening to This Land, and the trailer to Man In The Window was a good enough tease that I’m ready for the new episodes when they start coming out.

Have you found anything good?

Happy Hunting friends.

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Hunt Quilt Along: Onward.

Hunt Quilt Along: Onward.

Are you ready to dive in?

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

As promised, I have a little something special to help you in your planning–if you’re in to that type of thing. I love making a plan and setting it in motion. Hopefully this will be helpful to you.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

First, click on the link at the bottom to access the calendar. Print it out on regular paper or something fancy (I used something like this), trim the edges at the cut lines, and you’re ready to go.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

You’ll find pages for each of the months, as well as monthly reminders for when I’ll be checking in and some extra sections at the bottom to help with the planning and overall experience.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

The Goals section on the left is where you can set goals for the month ahead. The Good Stuff section (top, right) can be used to track things you’ve learned, podcasts/movies/shows you might check out and/or good experiences you’ve had during the month with your project. It’s funny, but so many of my handwork projects instantly summon memories of what I was doing or watching and who I was hanging out with. I love that, and I thought this calendar could be a great way to encapsulate some of the memories with your project.

The Next Month section (bottom, right) is good for putting thoughts down that look ahead. When I’m sewing, I always get ideas for future stuff, like fabric combinations, ways I might want to quilt it or even ideas for other projects. This section is for that. Jot anything down that you might want to remember later.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

To get back to the Goals for a minute, I thought it’d be helpful to give you some examples of how to break it down. Let’s say I want to make the same size that is on the cover of the pattern. It is made up of 16 appliquéd blocks. This means that over the course of the year, I’ll want to complete 4 blocks every quarter (or every 3 months). I can break that down to needing to finish a little over a block a month, OR I could decide to prep (cut and baste) all 4 blocks in the first month, and then finish 2 blocks each following month–or finish 1 block every 2 weeks. That seems manageable to me, but you can work the numbers in whatever way that suits you.

Of course if you are wanting to make a different amount, you’d adjust accordingly. To make 4 blocks over the course of the year, you’ll need to finish a block a quarter (or every 3 months), OR you could decide to cut and baste your blocks in the first quarter, appliqué them in the second and third quarters and then assemble your quilt top and quilt it in the fourth. I liked this year-long format, because it is super adjustable and can work well with the ratio of blocks in the project. I’m hoping it will make the project feel fun and manageable.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

These examples are just a couple of ways to think about mapping out your project. Feel free to do whatever feels best to you, and there’s definitely no harm in adjusting as you go along! Sometimes I like to have all of my blocks prepped and ready to go before I start appliquéing them (like in my Hunt Harriot), and other times (like in the case of my ongoing Liberty Everglade project) I like to set them up and appliqué as I go. The order doesn’t matter, do whichever feels best to you! If you’re burned out on basting, start appliquéing. Or if you feel like you’ll want some creative freedom down the line, leave some blocks undecided for a later step.

Hunt Harriot Quilt . Carolyn Friedlander

You can also think about your project more generally. With my Hunt Harriot, I had a set number of fabrics that I was working with, and so it made sense for me to figure out my overall layout beforehand. With my Liberty Everglade project, it’s scrappy and on-going, which makes it fairly logical to take it one block at a time.

Printable Hunt QAL CAL . carolyn friedlander

Also on the calendar are some scheduled check-ins each month. I’ll pop in to see where you’re at, and I’ll also be sharing with you where I’m at. Send me questions or comments as we go, and I’ll see about getting them addressed in the check-ins.

As for where I’m at this week, I have more playing with fabric to do. I’m not sure how scrappy I want it to be, so I’m cutting things out and giving them a good audition before fully committing.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

And now, a giveaway! I am LOVING how your projects are shaping up. Continue posting your progress (using the hashtag #huntQAL on instagram), and I’ll select a random winner on Thursday, June 6. Giveaway closed! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

I’ve gathered some of my favorite goodies–a pair of Kai 7150 scissors, a mini tin of Sew Fine Thread Gloss in Citrus Sage (this is the cutest mini tin ever!), 4 spools of Aurifil (two 80wt, two 50wt) and finally a dreamy combo of goodies from Soak–their Handmaid lotion and some Soakwash in my Pineapple Grove scent.

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

Hunt Quilt Along . Carolyn Friedlander

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