Ruby Star Society

Ruby Star Society

If you’re following any of the fabulous designers of these fabrics on social media, then you know the news! This week, Melody Miller, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Kimberly Kight and Sarah Watts announced the creation of the Ruby Star Society.

 

Ruby Star Society

About Ruby Star Society

We’re a fabric company of creators and dreamers; a sisterhood of empowered women who have stood together, grown strong, and learned, trial-by-fire, that if you tune out all the noise, listen to your inner voice and get out of your own way, you can create fearlessly.

Our business may be founded on fabric, but at our core is the belief that anyone can create something. Something beautiful. Something meaningful. Something fun. We have the tools to help you start; you have the power to make it amazingly, uniquely, surprisingly yours.

Ruby Star Society – Notion To Rise from Ruby Star Society on Vimeo.

Moda Fabrics

Moda Fabrics is working in collaboration with Ruby Star society, which means that Fat Quarter Shop will be carrying fabrics from them! In fact, we’ll be offering a fat quarter club with their new collection. Check out the Ruby Star Society Quarterly Club below for more information.

Are you a member of the Cotton + Steel Quarterly Booster Club?

Your subscription will continue with the transition of Cotton + Steel designers to the Ruby Star Society Quarterly Club.

In November 2018 & February 2019 you will receive 12 fat quarters from new Cotton + Steel (designed by original designers), one spool of Sulky Thread and an exclusive pattern designed to use the fat quarters.

Beginning in May 2019 you will receive 14 fat quarters from new Ruby Star Society collections and an exclusive pattern designed to use the fat quarters.

Although the name of the fabric club is changing, the designers are staying the same. You’ll continue to receive fabrics designed by the original Cotton + Steel designers you love.

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Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along: Week 4

Welcome to our Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along! We will be quilting along to make the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt! This sampler quilt really is a taste of all the quilts, as blocks from all 16 quilts are included, so you’ll get to try them all. We have the full Fabric Requirements HERE for you to use and pick out your fabrics and quilt along with us. You will need both the Perfect 10 Book and Ruler to make this sampler so grab yours and let’s get started!

Perfect 10 Book and Perfect 10 Ruler

Shop Perfect 10 Products HERE!

For the fourth week of the quilt along, we are making the Cookies ‘n Cream and Cotton Candy Blocks! [Get the guide HERE] Kimberly made her blocks using Guest Room by Kristyne Czepuryk for Moda Fabrics!

Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along

We also have 14 quilty staffers and bloggers quilting along with us! All 8 weeks of the quilt along, they will be making the two blocks featured until all 16 blocks are made! Here are their versions of the Cookies ‘n Cream and Cotton Candy Blocks:

Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create

Quilty Staffer Deborah – Oxford by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

Quilty Staffer Denise – Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

Gina of Thread Graffiti

Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio

Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies

Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts

Kim of Persimon Dreams

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff

Quilty Staffer Nancy – Clover Hollow by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

Pam of Pam Kitty Morning

Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts

Quilty Staffer Terri – Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics

Quilt Along with us using #FQSPerfect10

We’d love to see your Perfect 10 Sampler Blocks! Share your blocks on Instagram or Facebook using #FQSPerfect10 and so we can see and share them!

Catch us here next week, November 6, for Week 5 of the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along where we will be making the Dutch Chocolate and French Vanilla Blocks!

Happy Quilting!

 

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Sew Sampler Reveal October 2018

We went back to the basics with this month’s box. Embracing the modern theme we were inspired by Zen Chic’s latest fabric collection in our October Sew Sampler Box! The stark, neutral color palette quickly became “just our type”.

If you’re not already signed up for this fun membership, do so by visiting our website!

Petite Modern Backgrounds More Paper Jelly Roll by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics
Fat Quarter Shop Exclusive

A fantastic low volume assortment, with a diversity of styles and shades, makes the perfect companion for all kinds of quilts. Colors range from eggshell to light grey and graphite. Embedded with large scale repeats like technical drawings to small scale repeats and quotes!

Check out the full collection here.

X-Blocks Basix Template for 2.5″ Strips by Quilt Queen Designs

The X-Blocks template system is the best way to shake up your quilts with a fresh new angle. The X-Blocks Basix Template is designed specifically for 2 1/2″ strips. With just a few cuts, this tool will quickly become your new essential addiction. Create cool blocks from simple strip sets!

Try it with the Ellipsis quilt pattern and impress your friends with how easy it is.

Quilt3r Label Set by Fat Quarter Shop
Sew Sampler members received this item FIRST!

Make your mark with these graphic quilt labels! We have channeled our inner modernistas to create this fun minimalist set. Finish your quilts with confidence by adding a CR4FTY, QUILT3R, M4KER or SEW1ST tag into the binding with a 1/4 inch seam. Then easily change up the look of these double-sided labels by flipping them over to showcase a bold quilt block.

Includes 12 labels in white, black and grey.

Quilters Hangup Ready Made Sleeve by Quilters Hangup

Don’t let your quilt go sleeveless! Instead, simply attach this ready-to-use pleated quilt sleeve on your precious quilt. The muslin has a streamlined patented design that helps your quilted creations hang flat on walls.

Simply measure the width across your quilt top, roll the desired sleeve length and cut. Then attach to your quilt with either a slip stitch or safety pins.

Ellipsis Quilt Pattern
Sew Sampler Exclusive

Trail off in wonder at the sight of this modern wall hanging! It is the perfect experiment for the Petite Modern Backgrounds More Paper Jelly Roll and the X-Blocks Basix Template included in your box. Finishing at 36 1/2″ square, Ellipsis starts with strip sets and ends with a wonderful wall hanging!

Barn Block Recipe #7 by Sew Sampler

Join us as we travel the countryside and make twelve unique and inspiring Barn Blocks! If you are sewing along with us, be sure to share your quilt with us on social media using the following hashtag:  #BARNBLOCKQUILT

Don’t wait to pick up a Barn Block Quilt Kit as well as a coordinating Aurifil Barn Block Thread Pack to get started!

YouTube Channel Membership

We just rolled out a new feature on YouTube called Channel Memberships and we have received lots of questions about it so I’ve listed them here to help anyone who might encounter them!

What it is:

  • YouTube has rolled out another way for fans to support their favorite YouTube Channels. For $4.99 a month, members get exclusive content from Fat Quarter Shop, such as:
      • Exclusive Livestreams with Kimberly
      • Plus access to any perks we may offer from time to time, such as sneak peeks of upcoming clubs, books, notions and quilt
      • A badge in comments and live chat that gets more exclusive the longer you’re a member
      • Members-only livestreams where all questions are answered versus general livestreams where only select questions are answered
      • Have your voice heard! We’ll release polls where you can tell us what you want to see.
      • Members Only discounts and coupons
      • Custom graphics and emojis by FQS for channel members

       

      Important details about our channel:

      • This price is NOT set by us. YouTube has decided on this price for all channel memberships from any YouTube channel who has it enabled.
      • The perks/bonuses are just that, a BONUS. We will continue to release free content/tutorials/videos as we always have.
      • The exclusive videos as of now will be members-only livestreams with Kimberly. However, Kimberly will continue to do her weekly livestream to the full public, member or not.
      • This is a YouTube only membership and a member must be a YouTube user to join.  The $4.99 membership fee must be paid through YouTube, this cannot be paid through the FQS website.
      • This is different from subscribing to our channel. Memberships are paid and have exclusive content whereas subscribing means you want to follow our videos and is free.
      • You do not have to be a YouTube Red user to Join.

      How to join our channel:

      • We have a video showing how to become a member here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvVubrVIN08
      • As this is still a new add-on from YouTube, you can currently only sign up using a computer or an Android device. That means any iOS device such as iPhones and iPads cannot see the “Join” button on their app. This will hopefully be added to Apple devices in the future.
      • However, a member can join via computer or other device and get the perks on their iPhone once they have joined.

      Having trouble joining the channel? Here are some things you can try:

        • If you are having issues with the membership payment, you must resolve them through YouTube and Google Pay.  Go to your Google Account main page, click “Payments” under “Account Preferences”, then click “Go to Payment Center”.  On the left, you can click “Payment Methods” and add your choice of payment there.
        • Some countries outside the U.S. cannot access this service, as it’s a Beta product for YouTube and has not been rolled out to all channels or countries.

      Finally, if you run into any questions or situations not covered here, please contact YouTube support for help. Thank you!

2019 Designer Mystery Block of the Month

Do you love a good mystery? This might be our best one yet! We are sew happy to present the 2019 Designer Mystery Block of the Month! This has been one of our favorite projects for the past 11 years and we are even more excited to be going into our 12th! Check out the first block of this year’s Designer Mystery Quilt!

Do you have any idea how the rest of it will look?  Here’s a portion we can show you, the center of the quilt finishing! This year’s quilt finishes at a generous 84.5” square.

Every year, the Designer Mystery quilt is made up of 12 blocks designed by 12 Moda designers and each block measures 12″ x 12″. The great thing about the quilt is that is is perfect for quilters of all levels, so everyone is invited!

This year, the club will use fabrics from Orchard by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics!

Of course, we sprinkled in exclusive goodies with this year’s Designer Mystery Block of the Month items!

When you get the Designer Mystery BOM Backing Set, you will receive a custom 2019 Designer Mystery Block of the Month quilt label to commemorate and personalize your quilt FREE! This quilt label is exclusive to the 2019 Designer Mystery BOM Backing Set.

And finally, when you order the Designer Mystery BOM Finishing Kit, you will receive a Triangles on a Roll 7″ Half Square Triangle Roll AND you will receive a custom keepsake 13″ square box for FREE! The Half Square Triangle Paper is the easiest way to get your Half Square Triangles perfect, and the box is just the right size to store your completed Designer Mystery Blocks in it!

We have 12 lovely Moda Designers that contributed sampler blocks for this year’s Designer Mystery Quilt! You may recognize some old faces and even meet some new ones!

Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs

Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me & My Sister Designs

Brenda Riddle of Brenda Riddle Designs

April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Designs

Karla Eisenach, Susan Kendrick and Lisa Burnett of Sweetwater

Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts

Natalia Bonner of Piece ‘N Quilt

Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way and Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms

Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty by Hand

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.

Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique

We are sew excited to get started with this year’s Designer Mystery BOM! The 2019 Designer Mystery BOM will run from June 2019-May 2020 and will ship around the 10th of each month. Meet your fellow Designer Mystery quilters by joining the Kimberly;s Stitch Squad on Facebook (where we will also be posting monthly updates and where you can ask questions) and follow along on Instagram with the #2019DesignerMystery hashtag!

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Longarm Quilter of the Month: Gina Tell

Longarm Quilter of the Month

Longarm Quilting. This has been one of our most requested topic to talk about on our social media channels and we are finally doing it! We recently stocked a lot of new longarm quilting supplies and who better to give you a bit of insight than some of our longarm quilty friends!

Get Longarm Quilting Supplies HERE!

We are continuing our blog series where we will be featuring one of our longarm quilter friends every month. They will be giving all of you their tips and tricks for longarm quilting, what materials they use, advice if you need to get a longarm quilter, and much more! This month, we are featuring our very good, longarm quilty friend, Gina Tell of Thread Graffiti!

We even did a longarm livestream with her earlier this year! Click HERE to check it out and be sure to stay tuned on our YouTube channel for another livestream we will be doing with Gina in November over free motion quilting!

Here is the interview we did with her about longarm quilting:

1. How long have you been longarm quilting?

I have had my Handi Quilter Avante long arm for a few years, although I have been practicing free motion quilting for around 8 years on my standard home machine. My long arm is not computerized. This means all the work I do on it is freehand. I do not use pantographs or digital designs.

Gina Tell Original Pattern using Kona Cotton Solids 5″ Charm Packs by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

2. What made you get into longarm quilting?

I started longarm quilting because our family moved from Texas to Iowa, and I was stuck in the frigid climate with a big empty basement and a lot of free time on my hands. I didn’t really know anyone in the new town, so my wonderful husband noticed I was feeling lost and contacted Handi Quilter. He surprised me with a huge delivery of boxes filled with a brand new long arm.

3. What is your favorite technique to use when longarm quilting?

My favorite technique is absolutely graffiti quilting! It is basically a ton of different designs that all blend together to form one big piece of quilty art. I probably love this because I am an art major, and I hate following the rules! This technique allows me creative freedom without having to “stay within the lines” – I usually put ear buds in and just zone out and go crazy!

Gina Tell Original Pattern using Red Carpet Essentials 10 Karat Mini-Gems by Wilmington Prints and Project Red Layer Cake by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

4. Any tips for people who would like to start longarm quilting?

This leads me right into the next question, and the answer is practice! Practice is the biggest tip I would suggest for anyone who wants to learn free motion quilting. Despite the fact that I have only had a long arm for a few years, I started practicing long before it was actually delivered. You don’t have to have a long arm to learn! I practiced on my standard Juki 2010Q machine for several years, building my muscle memory while teaching myself free motion techniques through doodling and online classes.

5. What are your go-to longarm materials?

My go to materials as a long arm quilter all share one similarity, and that is quality. I try to use the best quality products to get great results. When I first started sewing I was on a very tight budget, so I couldn’t afford all the good stuff, I used scrap fabric and cheap thread and dull rotary blades, and it all makes a big difference. So I started learning to save for the important things so I got better results. Good thread and rulers are definitely on the must have list for longarm quilting!

Square One Quilt Pattern by It’s Sew Emma using Blush Metallic by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs (Pieced: Quilty Staffer Nova, Quilted: Gina Tell)

6. What is the scariest/most exciting part of the process?

The scariest/most exciting part of longarm quilting process is trying to decide how to quilt each quilt. The quilting that I pick for each quilt all depends on a lot of different things. Sometimes the client wants something specific, sometimes I follow the movement of the quilt blocks, and sometimes I get to do some graffiti quilting. But regardless, it’s always exciting and a little scary all at once!

7. How would you describe your style of longarm quilting?

As I mentioned before, my style of longarm quilting is definitely free hand and each quilt is fun and unique. I love to see the ripples and puffs of a freshly quilted piece of fabric art!

Lemon Poppyseed Quilt Kit featuring Color Cuts by Moda Fabrics

8. What is your favorite motif to quilt?

My favorite motif to quilt is the swirl! There are many different ways to make a swirl, sometimes I add flower petals to my swirls, sometimes I connect them to pebbles and sometimes they dance on the quilts with some loops. They are fun to make and always looks so pretty!

North Star Bonus Quilt from Peppermint Lane Block of the Month Book by It’s Sew Emma

9. How do you select your thread?

I select my threads based on colors. I usually try to blend the thread colors with the quilt top and sometimes that requires a couple thread changed. Oh, and I am so excited that The Fat Quarter Shop is now stocking my favorite thread too, they have all kinds of quality products designed for longarm quilting!

10. What advice would you give someone who is using a professional longarm quilter for the first time?

The first time I sent off one of my quilts to a longarm quilter was about 8 or 10 years ago. I had never seen a longarm machine in person, and I had no idea what to expect. I selected my quilting design and thread color, stuck it all in a box, and dropped it at the post office. A couple days later I got a phone call explaining that my backing fabric was too short. I honestly didn’t even know what that meant at the time. I ended up paying the longarm quilter extra to add some coordinating fabric to the backing so she could quilt it, and I never sent another quilt to a longarm quilter again. I felt like a complete idiot, and I decided that day that I was going to teach myself how to do my own quilting so I would never feel like that again. So my advice to you if you have never sent a quilt off to a longarm quilter is to ask lots of questions. Find a longarm quilter, like myself, that understands this can be confusing the first couple of times. Find someone that will take the time to call and talk you through the process so the quilt comes back to you looking exactly how you dreamed!

Composition Quilt Kit featuring Spotted by Zen Chic (Pieced: Quilty Staffer Sarah, Quilted: Gina Tell)

Big thanks to Gina for taking time out to do this interview and sending all the photos of her work! To see more of Gina’s work, be sure to check out her Instagram (@gina_tell_threadgraffiti) and Facebook page!

Happy Quilting!

 

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A Very Vintage Christmas Sew Along: Week 1

Grab your hot cocoa, your Christmas cookies, and most importantly, your Vintage Christmas Book because we are on Week 1 of the A Very Vintage Christmas Sew Along! We are sew excited to launch this sew along for Lori Holt of a Bee in my Bonnet’s newest book, Vintage Christmas! Step into Lori’s scrappy happy vintage world this Christmas season with all-new quilt blocks and over ten quilty projects.

To help you make the quilt, we have a Vintage Christmas Quilt Kit and Backing Set that uses Lori Holt’s Cozy Christmas collection for Riley Blake Fabrics. Lori also has a Bee Basics AuriFloss Thread Box and Cute Little Buttons Bag to add the finishing touches to your completed Vintage Christmas quilt! (*You will need to order the book separately from the Quilt Kit to complete the quilt.)

A Very Vintage Christmas Sew Along Week 1 Blocks

In this Sew Along, we will make all 42 blocks in Lori’s Vintage Christmas Book! We will feature 5 blocks each week on Instagram and Facebook (@fatquartershop on Instagram, Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook) for these 9 weeks.

Our Quilty Staffer Deborah made the first 5 Vintage Christmas Blocks using Lori’s Cozy Christmas collection!

Also, for Week 1 of the Sew Along, our quilty blogging friends made their versions of these blocks:

Week 1 – Friday, October 26

Away in a Manger Block – Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff

Candy Canes Block – Christopher of The Tattooed Quilter

Candy Swirl Block – Heidi of Butterflies & Buttons

Christmas Candles Block – Sherri of A Quilting Life

Christmas Star Block – Debbie of Happy Little Cottage

A Very Vintage Christmas Sew Along Schedule

Here is the complete schedule for the A Very Vintage Christmas Sew Along for Instagram and Facebook (@fatquartershop on Instagram, Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook)! On our blogs, we will also do 3 periodic summary posts during the sew along of all the blocks! The summary posts for this sew along will cover the first week on Friday, October 26, weeks 2-4 on Friday, November 16, and weeks 5-9 on Friday, December 21.

Week 2 – Friday, November 2

Week 3 – Friday, November 9

Week 4 – Friday, November 16

Week 5 – Friday, November 23

Week 6 – Friday, November 30

Week 7 – Friday, December 7

Week 8 – Friday, December 14

Week 9 – Friday, December 1

See ya on Friday, November 16  on the Jolly Jabber for our post of the blocks from Week 2 through Week 4! Or keep up every Friday on our social media and with the sew along hashtag #aVeryVintageChristmas.

Happy Vintage Christmas Sewing!

 

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NEW BOOK: Summer Moon

Looking for your next sampler quilt?? Look no further! Our It’s Sew Emma team has partnered with Carrie Nelson (Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company) to bring you Carrie’s newest book, Summer Moon! This quilt is created for her fellow quilters who love samplers, but also crave a touch of whimsy! This book includes 24 blocks in sizes: 5”, 6.5” and 8” for a total of 72 blocks. Let the Summer Moon sampler quilt spark your imagination!

In addition to the book, we have not one but TWO block of the month programs: the Vintage Summer Moon Block of the Month (vintage backing set here) and the Modern Summer Moon Block of the Month (modern backing set here). The Vintage Summer Moon Block of the Month features Lollipop Garden by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics and the Modern Summer Moon Block of the Month features A Day in Paris by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. With two colorways to make Carrie’s Summer Moon Sampler in, pick the style that shines brightest to you!

Here are some of the blocks you will be making as a part of the Block of the Month programs:

Both the Vintage Block of the Month and the Modern Block of the Month will be starting in May 2019 so be sure to sign up and get in on the Summer Moon Sampler fun!

Happy Quilting!

 

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Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along: Week 3

Welcome to our Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along! We will be quilting along to make the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt! This sampler quilt really is a taste of all the quilts, as blocks from all 16 quilts are included, so you’ll get to try them all. We have the full Fabric Requirements HERE for you to use and pick out your fabrics and quilt along with us. You will need both the Perfect 10 Book and Ruler to make this sampler so grab yours and let’s get started!

Perfect 10 Book and Perfect 10 Ruler

Shop Perfect 10 Products HERE!

For the second week of the quilt along, we are making the Coffee and Cookie Dough Blocks! [Get the guide HERE] Kimberly made her blocks using Guest Room by Kristyne Czepuryk for Moda Fabrics!

Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along

We also have 14 quilty staffers and bloggers quilting along with us! All 8 weeks of the quilt along, they will be making the two blocks featured until all 16 blocks are made! Here are their versions of the Coffee and Cookie Dough:

Cynthia of Dream Quilt Create

Quilty Staffer Deborah – Oxford by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics

Quilty Staffer Denise – Garden Variety by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

Gina of Thread Graffiti

Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio

Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies

Jennie of Porch Swing Quilts

Kim of Persimon Dreams

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff

Quilty Staffer Nancy – Clover Hollow by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

Pam of Pam Kitty Morning

Sinta of Pink Pincushion

Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts

Quilty Staffer Terri – Flower Garden Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics

Quilt Along with us using #FQSPerfect10

We’d love to see your Perfect 10 Sampler Blocks! Share your blocks on Instagram or Facebook using #FQSPerfect10 and we’ll share so we can see and share them!

Catch us here next week, October 30, for Week 4 of the Perfect 10 Sampler Quilt Along where we will be making the Cookies ‘n Cream and Cotton Candy Blocks!

Happy Quilting!

 

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Farm Girl Fall Cross Stitch

Calling all cross stitchers: we have new cross stitch patterns! Our It’s Sew Emma team has partnered with our quilty friend Lori Holt once again to bring Lori’s newest cross stitch pattern, Farm Girl Fall! Lori’s fall-inspired sampler is filled with all the usual autumn sights – crows, turkeys, pumpkins and falling leaves. This cross stitch pattern follows the theme of Lori’s quilt book, Farm Girl Vintage and previous cross stitch pattern, Happy Farm Girl.

Photo by @beelori1 on Instagram

We know that all of you are definitely ready to try your hand at this amazing cross stitch pattern! Here’s what you’ll need:

And if you would like to make the finished cross stitch into a finished pillow, you’ll need:

And that’s it! If you make the Farm Girl Fall Cross Stitch, be sure to share it using the #farmgirlfall and #LoriHoltCrossStitch hashtags so we can see and share your work. Grab your Farm Girl Fall pattern and cross stitch supplies and join Kimberly every Wednesday at 9 AM CST as she stitches this pattern block by block (just like the one she did HERE)!

Happy Cross Stitching!

 

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