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November Accomplishments

And just like that, November is gone. Well, it actually left last week but that’s ok. So, how was November you ask? (even if you didn’t ask, I’m telling…lol) It was great! I didn’t get as much done as I wanted but I feel it was still pretty productive. And I can’t complain about the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend. A much-needed break.

What happened in November?? Well, as I am writing this on Dec 8th, I feel the Twelve Days of Christmas song coming on…

12 Instagram mini quilt blocks

11 bobbins of thread

10 more IG mini quilt blocks

9 feet of binding

8 more IG mini quilt blocks

7 glasses of wine

6 more IG mini quilt blocks (DONE!)

5 Swoon blocks

4 borders added to a second IG mini quilt

3 nights of handsewing binding

2 Christmas Pillows made

and

ah-mazing Tula Pink Swag!

Sorry about that. I had too! Ok. Moving on….

Those IG mini quilt blocks took a lot of my time. I even spent our guild sewing day working on them. I mean, look at this…this is a 3″ block:

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Here is the “for scale” photo. As you can see, small. So small. Not sure I will ever make this one again. If I do, I will generate up a paper piecing pattern for it. Without that stability, some of the smaller half-inch squares started to get a bit wonky.

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All in all, it turned out magnificent. I added a border to not only bring it to size but to also keep all those small edges from unraveling during quilting and binding. This way, everything was secure. It went out today and I can’t wait to see what my partner thinks about it!

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And while we are on the topic, I had a participant in my IG mini quilt group that couldn’t fulfill her obligation so Julie and I stepped in and teamed up to make her partner something great. Julie made the center block (its like an altered log cabin…so great!) and I added the outside curved geese borders. They brought it up to a good size and gave it a bit more playfulness. This one also went out today but she doesn’t know that we are the ones that made it. I figure she will find out eventually (my names is on the box) so I felt there was no harm in posting it here.

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After sitting for over a year now, I am bound and determined that this Swoon quilt will be finished by Spring. (Hopefully sooner if I can figure out how to piece a 120″ x 120″ backing in my room that isn’t much larger than that. Oy!) I have decided that instead of doing one block here and one block there, I am just getting them all finished at once. So, I have made a Swoon assembly line. I have 5 left and they are all being worked on at the same time. I have a system and for some crazy reason, it works! These suckers are so big (24″ each) that it’s like putting together 16 mini quilts to make one large one.

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What else…oh, 2 Christmas Pillows. Chrissy over at Sew Lux made up these pillow kits and I scooped two of them up to throw on the couch this Christmas. They don’t really match any of my stuff but then again, none of it matches each other so I figured, why not? I did try a new technique out though while making them and once I got the hang of it, these little things flew right along.

I am holding the pillow top with one hand and taking the pic with the other and as you can see, everything is hanging there (the first 3 rows have been sewn together). Because of the way that it was pieced, there are no rows to worry about mixing up or pieces that get turned around. Everything is where it should be. Once you get to this point you just keep sewing the rows together until you get to the bottom. Its hard to see but if you enlarge the picture you can see the threads holding all the rows together.

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Here are my 2 pillow tops. They are basted and ready for quilting as soon as I get the Swoon blocks done and off my table. Hopefully this week.

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And lastly, my favorite part. I have an Angel who got me some Tula Pink stuff while at the International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh last month. A brochure about her new line coming out next year, a sticker (which now lives on my sewing machine) and the highly coveted, rare, numbered, and autographed deck of playing cards. I may have squealed a little when I opened this (ok, a lot)!!

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And that my friends, was my Nov. Well, that and the first week of Dec but who’s really counting. I have a Chem final coming up followed by the holidays with family. Can’t wait!!

 

🙂

Jess

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A Little Bit of Everything in October

October is over?? Wow! It went fast. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before you know it. I have a lot to share today so I hope you like pictures!!

Lets see…Last time I posted, it was about a mini quilt. My ThimbleBlossoms mini quilt to be exact. Well, that got finished and turned out quite good if I do say so myself. Take a look:

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This was the fantastic package that I got back from my partner! A Tula Pink mini quilt, lots of little goodies, some non-chocolate candy and a wonderful ornament.

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I love Christmas so I can’t wait to hang this up. Look at these little pieces of fabric all folded up. It’s the perfect colors and suits me to a T. Overall, it was a great swap for my first one.

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Speaking of swaps, I have finally started on my Instagram Mini Swap Quilt. After getting thru another Chem test (aced it!!) I figured it was time to get cracking. I have to mail this bad boy out at the beginning of December. I am doing this terrific pattern that requires 1″ 4-patches. Doesn’t that sound awesome! I thought it did until I started working on it. Oh, I still love it, it’s just taking some time to get used to working with pieces this small again. It’s been a while! Don’t worry though, it will be amazing when I am thru working my magic on it.

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I think I also told you that I was going to be handsewing most of October? Well, I was. I even had a needle go thru my finger because I am really bad about not using a thimble of any kind. It all paid off though, I won a couple of ribbons at the Quilt Show!!!

Mario took second place in the Juvenile category. I don’t see him as being juvenile and originally entered him into another category but apparently the judges disagreed. In the end, it all worked out.

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The Salt Water Metro Rings Quilt below, took Honorable Mention in the Lap Quilt category. I pieced it and Julie quilted it. There was some good competition in this category so this makes me very happy.

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Christmas Countdown didn’t place but, since I didn’t expect any of them too, I am not even a bit disappointed! It was still so fun to see it hanging up. As was all of them. Just an overall neat experience. I especially liked seeing people stopping to view them. Kind of cool!

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The quilt show pick up turned out to be long and then it was rainy and cold out so I went home and cuddled up on the couch and finished the binding on this 3-year-old table runner. Yep, you read that right. Year 1 = make it & use it unfinished. Year 2 = Use it unfinished. Year 3= realize that it will never get finished unless you finally give it to Julie. Now I will be able to use it properly this year! hahaha

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I also finished another Swoon block in this month. Definitely a bit girly with the pink, but in person, it looks really nice with the green complimentary fabric. I also fixed my 3 Swoon blocks that had mistakes in them. I am down to 4 or 5 blocks left and I can put a quilt top together. As soon as my IG Mini Quilt is finished, these are next.

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And lastly, I whipped up a pattern test for Chrissy over at Sew Lux Fabrics. She has a great online store and if I ever have a question, she is right there with an answer willing to help out. As an added bonus, she is so close to me that I get overnight shipping on most everything I order. This is her Machine Sewn Mini pattern and its adorable. The machines came together in no time and there was no paper piecing!! This one is going in the pile to be quilted. I thought about doing it myself but I don’t want another Thanksgiving table runner situation. 🙂

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Whew, I think that does it for October. My intention is to blog more often I have been doing good until this past month. Everything just kind of all hit in a span of a few weeks. Glad to have a lot of stuff off my plate.

November will be for the IG Mini Quilt, a sew day at the guild, another Chem test, Thanksgiving with the hubby and maybe some Swoon blocks worked in.

🙂

Jess

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Thimble Blossoms Mini Quilt Swap

Wow, its been a few weeks! Had my first test (aced it!) and the hubby and I have started playing tennis a couple of nights a week. When it isn’t raining. Between that stuff and normal every day life, sewing is a bit more scarce around here. I try to use my weekends as my major source of sewing time. Oh, and I bought a whiteboard for my sewing room so I am hoping that helps me with all the little things that I keep setting aside.

This weekend was spent working on my Thimble Blossoms Mini Quilt. I believe that I mentioned here that I was doing an IG Swap where not only was I a participant, but also a swap mama. Well, a few days after that one transpired, another one came along. Using a Thimble Blossom pattern and any fabric, make a mini for a swap. Well, I liked this one a lot because you have a defined set of patterns to choose from. And, to narrow it down even further, you would get to see what ones your partner loves/hates. So, I joined in. I don’t know who my partner is but it has been fun stalking the #thimbleblossomsminiquiltswap hashtag on Instagram trying to guess.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you this bundle:

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Well, using this pattern:

Photo from Thimble Blossoms

I was able to make 9 of these:

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And than turn those into a sashed Mini-Quilt:

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I can’t tell you why I love it or why I think my partner will. I don’t want to give the surprise away!! I don’t think they read my blog but you never know. I will tell you that there are 29 pieces in each one of those 6.5″ blocks. That’s 261 pieces just for the 9 blocks!!! The whole thing is around 24″ square.

I started quilting it last night. I am extremely spoiled by having Julie do all my quilting and now it isn’t something that I think about. So for this one, I figured, keep it simple. I have a bad habit of jumping into something complicated and not finishing it or rushing if I have too. So, I did outlining on each side of the sashing with matching thread and now I am working on outlining the interiors of the stars with matching thread.

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I thought about outlining the 8 spokes of each block but that would take so much time that I just don’t have right now. I still have to get binding on it which takes precedence.

I am also trying to get hanging sleeves on my 3 quilt show quilts. I have 2 hanging sleeves, 1 binding, and 3 labels left. The countdown has begun. T minus 28 days. Whoa, Seeing that in writing is a bit scary. Guess I know what my evenings will hold for the next 3 to 4 weeks!

🙂

Jess

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Thimble Blossoms

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Assorted Ramblings

Today is a going to be a hodge-podge mismatched post. My hands have been in quite a few things lately and I want to share.

It’s that time of the year. School started back for me last week and with a few other things added to my plate, it’s gotten a bit busy around here. I actually haven’t been on my sewing machine in over a week. *GASP!* I know, its heartbreaking. But, I have been productive on the sewing/crafting front in other ways.

I finished Space Dust! I mentioned in my previous post that I was thinking about leaving the sides off; I did, and I love it.

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Tula Pink Pattern and Fabrics

Its about 60″ x 60″. It will be large on my wall, but absolutely perfect. The colors do not do well photographing in this room. There is no natural light.  They are rich, vibrant, and very saturated colors. Right up my alley. My goal was to get it done before school started. I finished sewing the last row on at about 9pm the night before.

Ok, whats next.  Christmas! Well, not really, but kind of sorta.

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See, I have a few quilts that I want to enter into the quilt show in a couple of months and in order to do so, I need to get a TON of binding done.  This Christmas quilt, the saltwater quilt, and at this point, who else knows. I have about 7 I would love to enter but I am not superwoman. Unfortunately.

Those August evenings of 95 degree hotness when I didn’t want to be under a quilt were spent working on my Mario cross-stitch. Well, the hubby’s Mario cross-stitch.

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That blue background is going to be the death of me

I had put this aside a while back because I needed a frame but wasn’t sure what to get. I stumbled upon this one and its absolutely perfect! Makes it so much easier and faster to stitch now. So, this one is back out. Plus, I am a sucker for all things Halloween and I just got a terrific Halloween cross-stitch that I really want to start. But, I have to finish this one first.

Next up, Instagram. I have never been in a Swap before and Instagram is full of them. I always miss the signups though so when this popped up I jumped on it and had Julie do the same. Swaps are a great way to stretch your comfort zone and not only get a great surprise in return, but get to make something wonderful for someone else.

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Now, anyone who knows me knows that I can’t just do something halfway. Oh no, its all the way or no way. After signing up, the call than went out for volunteers to be Swap “Mama’s.” These are people who take a grouping of participants from the organizer and coordinate all of the swapping and partner details between them. Yep, yours truly signed up to do that also. But, it has been a blast so far! Partner assignments go out tomorrow and I am so excited to see who I am going to be making for and also to send out all my emails to my group so they can know the same!

Lastly, I made a purchase on Massdrop last month and I am glad I did. It was my first purchase from them and they were offering Patchwork Threads t-shirts at a really good discount.

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If you are at all into sewing/quilting, you will love her site. These 2 make 3 total that I have. Hands down, the softest, most comfortable t-shirts I have ever bought. I love everything in her shop so if anyone would like to get me a gift of any kind, at any point, please head that way and pick up a size M crewneck shirt. 😉 I think the #sweatnsew tank is next up on my list of wants.

I think that’s all of the bits and pieces that I have for you this week. We have a road trip this weekend so I see lots of binding in my immediate future. Perfect opportunity.

Have a great holiday weekend and see you in September!

🙂

Jess

 

 

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Another Finish It Up Friday

So, I guess this whole “Finish it up Friday” thing is becoming a habit around these parts. I don’t get the chance to post every week but I love having a specific day geared towards posting about things that I have finished up.

My big finish for this week? (well, kind of last week but it strayed over into the weekend so we are calling it this week…shhhh!!) Another Sew Together Bag! I was a little afraid of making another one but best friends overtake fears. 🙂 Julie’s birthday is soon and she is a tough pickle to shop for. So, I started thinking about what could I make her instead. No quilts. Goodness gracious, no quilts. Tote bags are a bit time consuming with fabric choices, so I started thinking smaller. Than I realized that she didn’t have a Sew Together Bag. Score!

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Sorry for the dark pictures. It was late the night before I was going to give it to her when I remembered to snap a couple of photos.

And, I also realized, I had the perfect outer fabric. Melody Miller’s Reels from way back when. I had come across a small amount of it from an Australian seller and was able to get it shipped pretty cheaply. I than pulled a Navy Essex Linen for the sides and some mustard to go with the reels and the navy.

For the inside, I cut into a new bundle of Pat Bravo ‘s Essentials for Art Gallery. Man alive, I love AG fabrics. They are silky soft. Check them out:

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I tried to match the zippers somewhat to the fabrics. I don’t have a great supply of zippers but I thought it turned out nice. There are 2 blues and an eggplant color. The main outside zipper is a navy blue to match the essex linen on the sides.

Now she can fill it up and enjoy! Happy Birthday Julie!!

Oh, and before I go, I did get 3 more Swoon blocks done. Yes, you read that correctly. 3! But don’t cheer for me just yet. Apparently in my chain piecing marathon I messed up a square in the same spot in all 3 blocks. I am a perfectionist so these will have to be ripped out and resewn or it will drive me bonkers. Luckily its on the edge of each one so I can just unpick that square and than Y seam it all back together. They turned out gorgeous though! These are numbers 8,9, & 10. I only have 6 left now and than I can start putting them all together in a real quilt top.

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The yellow one below is really a darker, deeper mustard color that plays really nicely with the army green and mustard colors in the flowers.

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That’s all folks! Waiting on some more thread before I do any more Metro Rings blocks. Since I am using bright white fabric on that one, I want to make sure that I use the same thread throughout. In an effort to not burn myself out on Swoon blocks, I have a diaper to finish up (a whole other blog post to do) and than I might pull out another project. Not that I have a lack of them.

Oh, Did you guys know that this is No-Buy July?? I am going to try to go with this. I have a couple of prior commitments that I signed up for but since those were done before July, they don’t count. So, it just means no purchases on anything crafty this month. I have needles, thread, and a boatload of fabric and patterns. I should be all set. Wonder how much I could get done if I am not enticed by other, newer, shinier things?? I will report back soon and let you know!

🙂

Jess

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Finish It Up Friday

I am starting to really like these Finish It Up Friday posts. They are very motivating by making me want to carve some time out during the week to sew. Normally, I just reserve that for the weekends.

I finished up 2 things this past week/weekend.

First up, another Swoon block. This one is # 7 of 16. Almost halfway!! This one turned out gorgeous in my color choices. Since these fabrics are cut and ready to go, I already have a pile of 3 more sitting beside my machine.

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One of these days, if I can find room somewhere (maybe outside?), I will lay out what I have and see how they all look together. at 24″ a piece, plus sashing, plus a border…we will never have to tug on covers ever again on our king sized bed. I am making this baby HUGE for that specific reason. Poor Julie. She is going to be cursing me when I eventually hand this one over to be quilted.

The exciting finish for this week was a Noodlehead Divided Basket. Even though this is going to live with me, I am loving it!! Now, I am going to have to ship one out for me. This was made in Salt Water fabrics (of course!) that Julie donated.

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This basket seems small until you start putting it together. Its about 6″ deep and 12″ wide. (Those are just guesstimates) Regardless, it can hold a lot of stuff. And lots of stuff it shall hold! That’s the plan anyway.

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I did the outer binding a bit differently than the pattern called for. It wanted you to sew it onto one side and than do some flip and press thing and than sew again. whew…way to much work for me. I folded it in half, slid it on and sewed it down. Yes, you can see the stitching but my machine does a fantastic stitch and with the thread blending in, it all worked out.

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I used cotton webbing for the handles. This was my first time using cotton webbing and I have to say….HUGE fan here now. This stuff may be making an appearance in more things that I do. I don’t always love fabric handles because handles bear the brunt of anything you make so without proper support (tons of interfacing) they can look worn pretty quickly. But these? I could see these holding up for a long time with a lot of use.

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And lastly, a pic of the inside. I didn’t do anything fancy on the interior since my hope is that it will be so full that you won’t see much of it. 🙂

Lots of plans for this weekend…Metro Rings, maybe start on a new venture/idea. Maybe a secret sewing session. We’ll see what the next 2 days hold. Happy Friday everyone!!

🙂

Jess

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Atkinson Classmate Pattern

After finishing up my Guild Quilt last weekend, I started thinking about what I wanted to work on next. Well, turns out, April Fools Day helped me figure that out!

I was on Instagram perusing and I come across a post that someone had done about an April Fools Day sale at an online quilt shop. I seriously thought that it was an April Fools Day joke. The sale was for 35%!!! You don’t see that in the quilting world. With the price of cotton rising and fabric going with it, the most you see is a daily deal on some sites or 10% to 15% off sometimes until things go to clearance. This was 35%!!! I hopped on over to the website, Little Pink Rose Quilting, and started looking around very eagerly. Lo and behold, I found 2 Tula Pink “Hex on the Beach” quilt top kits!!!! These are made out of her “Salt Water” line and are no longer produced so finding one has been extremely hard. On top of that, they are a bit pricey when you do, but with 35% off?  I did.

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Well, I don’t think that I really grasped what I was in for. I mean, these suckers are small. Look, I am not kidding:

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Sorry for the Alien hand. Anyway, there are over 1,000 of these in that box. So, after seeing them all, I decided that I needed something to pu them in. I mean, I can’t just go around carrying the box? That’s where the Atkinson Classmate comes in. Julie and I got this pattern quite a long time ago and while she whipped hers out, I procrastinated. Like always. I am the queen.

The classmate has clear vinyl pockets along with zippered pockets, along with lined pockets behind the pockets. I mean this thing is a workhorse! So, I picked out some of my HIGHLY coveted Tula Pink “Nest” (circa 2008) and got to work.

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I didn’t take any pictures while sewing it up until I got to the binding. Those Clover Clips are fantastic for projects like this one where you can’t put pins thru the vinyl. I had some problems with skipped stitches, even after going up to a size 14 needle, and got so frustrated that I quit for the night. I went back to it the next morning, with a size 16 needle, and it was perfect. Sometimes you just have to step away.

In the picture below you can see that the left side has a small zippered vinyl pocket at the top. That has a lined pocket behind it with a pencil/scissors/seam ripper dividers below it. Behind that whole left side is a lined pocket. The middle is a huge zippered vinyl pocket that also has a lined pocket behind it. The far right side is 2 smaller vinyl pockets separated by stitching.

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I don’t have a non-stick foot for my machine so I ended up using tissue paper as a buffer between the vinyl and the feed dogs. It was suggested in the pattern and it worked perfectly. On a side not, I LOVE Atkinson patterns. If you have never tried one you definitely should. They walk you thru every step with pictures when necessary.  They make things like this non-overwhelming.

Partially folded:

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The D ring on the right side of the picture is supposed to have a clasp on it. I didn’t have one and neither did Walmart so I am still trying to figure out how I want to do the closure. I may have to order a clip and just sew it onto the ring or maybe some ribbon or something. Still thinking about that one. Some people online have said that when it is full, the clip isn’t the best thing so it may be good that I didn’t have one.

Here it is completely folded up:

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It even has a nifty carrying handle on top! Once I figure out my closure, I will be filling it up with Hexie’s and templates and lots of good sewing accessories. Plus, this will be fantastic to take on any sewing/quilting trips. Normally my notions end up in a ziplock baggie. 🙂

It felt really good to get this done in pretty much a day. Now, I can mark that off my list and move on to other things. Zippered pouches, a Super Tote, a divided basket or two. I have a pretty long to-do list.

🙂

Jess

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