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Zakka Style Sew Along: Sweet Memories Photo Frame

Welcome to Week 21 of the Zakka Style Sew Along! The sew along is being led by Lindsey and Amy. They have invited 24 bloggers to sew the projects found in Rashida Coleman-Hale’s book, Zakka Style

Zakka Style Sew Along

Today I’m sharing the Sweet Memories Photo Frame project designed by Ayumi Takahashi.  It’s a super big honor to be sewing up Ayumi’s design.  If you’ve been hiding under a rock, you can find Ayumi’s blog Pink Penguin right here.

I was really surprised by this project!  It was fun to make, my girls picked out the patchwork fabrics and it didn’t take more than an hour to make.  Luckily I had all the supplies on hand.  If you’re not into much crafting, you’ll need chipboard and spray adhesive and a glue gun.  I think it’s the first time I used any of those supplies in a year or more.  

So that’s a good thing for those who don’t want to sit at the sewing machine all day.  It requires a fair amount of hand sewing, so it would be fun to take along on a road trip and then bring home and finish later.  

Okay, don’t stop there! You have a chance to win a pack of awesome threads from Aurifil. I’ve been using Aurifil for almost a year now, and it’s amazing. I’ve got 5 packs to give away

Just leave me a comment to enter! [Giveaway now closed, thanks for entering!]

  • One entry per person.  Please leave your email address in your comment. You can leave it in a format like this if you wish: anna [at] gmail [dot] com, it’s up to you though, if you have your email listed in your blogger profile, that works too!
  • I’ll close comments on Thursday August 23rd and pick winners.

And if you are making the Sweet Memories Photo Frame this week, don’t forget to post a photo of your finished project in the Flickr pool and link it up to Lindsey’s blog, LR Stitched, for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. WOW!! Can I enter Lindsey?  :)

A big thanks to the Zakka Style Sew Along sponsors as well: 

Now get sewing!

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154 Responses to Zakka Style Sew Along: Sweet Memories Photo Frame

  1. christinaree 08.20.2012 at 11:34 am #

    So cute! Have been hearing a lot of good things about Aurifil!

  2. Kelly O. 08.20.2012 at 11:38 am #

    I would love to try some aurifil to see what all the fuss is about :)

  3. Amy 08.20.2012 at 11:38 am #

    That frame is adorable! I’ve never heard of Aurifil thread, but if you use it, it must be good!

  4. Simone de Klerk 08.20.2012 at 11:42 am #

    Love your version of Amy’s project! And the girls look so proud with it.
    What a nice chance to win Auriful thread (o:

  5. Wendy 08.20.2012 at 11:46 am #

    Yours turned out so neat! Mine is a real mess, the front and back are different sizes!

  6. mary 08.20.2012 at 11:46 am #

    I love your frame. With those 2 cute girls, it was probably hard to decide which pictures to use. I hope to win the thread! Mary at

  7. Caryn 08.20.2012 at 11:48 am #

    Cute frame!

  8. Mel 08.20.2012 at 11:50 am #

    I’ve got this project bookmarked to do with my girls. Yours is lovely!

  9. Ulla 08.20.2012 at 11:53 am #

    A frame for happy moments and for memories.Beautiful!

  10. Grandma G 08.20.2012 at 11:53 am #

    Cute frame! And I would love to give that thread a try!

  11. giddy99 08.20.2012 at 11:55 am #

    The frame and your “models” are adorable! My email should be in Blogger, but just in case, it’s giddy99 (at) gmail. Thanks for the chance!

  12. Mary on Lake Pulaski 08.20.2012 at 11:56 am #

    I have the book and need to make one of these for Audrey’s latest photo. The girls chose cute fabrics.

  13. Kirsty@Bonjour 08.20.2012 at 11:57 am #

    Always need more thread – and I’ve never tried Aurifil (I’m really curious about it). This is such a cute project, I love those instant gratification type of things (compared to quilts, say) and always love a project good for scraps. Thanks!

  14. Jodi 08.20.2012 at 11:58 am #

    darling little girls and frame. Thanks for the chance!

  15. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 08.20.2012 at 11:59 am #

    So cute Anna! Looks like you’ll have to make another one, they’re both hanging on to it 😉

  16. Amys Crafty Shenanigans 08.20.2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Your frame looks lovely!! What a fab photo for inside too!

  17. Marilyn 08.20.2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Your girls are so pretty!!

  18. nest full of eggs 08.20.2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I’ve never heard of Aurifil before, but would love to give it a try, I’m going to be doing A LOT of sewing in the next 2 months :)

  19. Heidi [Grizz-n-Dove] 08.20.2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I love your frame!! So cute!

  20. Julie 08.20.2012 at 12:15 pm #

    What a cute project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. 08.20.2012 at 12:22 pm #

    What a pretty frame! Love the fabric choices.


  22. Ali 08.20.2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Hmm, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do this week’s project, but if you say only an hour? And fun? I’m in!

  23. Svetlana 08.20.2012 at 12:25 pm #

    your frame looks adorable!

  24. The Patchsmith 08.20.2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Love your photo frame. I have made mine in spring yellows and greens and I’m really pleased with how it has turned out.

  25. Courtneysews 08.20.2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Cute girls, Cute frame! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Emily 08.20.2012 at 12:36 pm #

    What a sweet frame and picture.

  27. Sarah 08.20.2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Beautiful frame! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Shelley 08.20.2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Your frame is almost as cute as your daughters! Would love to win some aurifil thread. Thanks.

  29. Rachel Hauser 08.20.2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Sisters are precious! What great photos of your sweeties.

  30. kristin 08.20.2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh your little gals are just the sweetest; what a sweet project for you all to do together!

  31. Lynn 08.20.2012 at 12:56 pm #

    love how your frame turned out w/the darling gals!

  32. Courtney Lyons 08.20.2012 at 1:04 pm #

    I had such high hopes for keeping up with this sew-along, but have only made one thing so far (it was the quilt, so a big one). I think this is just the project to get back on track. I love, love your frame! Thanks

  33. carrie 08.20.2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Love the frame!

  34. Katie 08.20.2012 at 1:32 pm #

    So cute!!! And I’ve heard such great things about that thread! :)

  35. B Greene 08.20.2012 at 1:40 pm #

    Adorable project, photo and models! Thanks for the chance to win the thread sampler!

  36. Jodie 08.20.2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Your frame turned out really cute! I might try making one.

  37. drmithome 08.20.2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Sweet project.

  38. Vanessa 08.20.2012 at 2:15 pm #

    so sweet…looks like the girls really love their frame!

  39. DKB 08.20.2012 at 2:25 pm #

    i just bought this book last week. Would love to try aurifil- but it seems so expensive

  40. freakadoodles 08.20.2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I love your “sisters” theme with that sweet photo. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  41. Cecilia 08.20.2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Your frame turned out really cute! So are the girls. :) Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil.

  42. Gill 08.20.2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Cute frame but your girls are cuter!
    I’d love to try some Aurifil thread!

  43. Sheila 08.20.2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Your frame turned out so well.

  44. Jocelyn 08.20.2012 at 2:57 pm #

    It’s always fun to have a project where the kids can help make decisions about it. I would love to win the thread! I’ve never tried that kind before.

  45. BillieBee (billiemick) 08.20.2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Such a cute frame. I love this thread.

  46. Kay 08.20.2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Thi sis a great project to make with the children, and very easy to find things for them to help with in it. I dream of having some Aurifil one day, thank you for the giveaway.

  47. Diann 08.20.2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Very cute project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. katiedidit 08.20.2012 at 3:39 pm #

    The little sisters look pretty proud of the frame! Great job. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win some great thread.
    odgbk at aol dot com

  49. papelhilo 08.20.2012 at 4:08 pm #

    great giveaway, thanks !

  50. vexa 08.20.2012 at 4:35 pm #


  51. Liz DandeliondD 08.20.2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I would so love to win some of that amazing thread.
    Your frame is inspiring. I think I might give this a go now.

  52. Katy Cameron 08.20.2012 at 4:40 pm #

    So cute, and love the pic you chose!

  53. Amorette 08.20.2012 at 5:07 pm #

    love it, great theme! i wish my sister and i got along so well when we were that age!

  54. Kimi 08.20.2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Your girls are adorable! And that’s such fun that they picked out the fabric for their Sisters frame :)

  55. eileen c 08.20.2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Sweet, sweet, sweet!!!

  56. legato1958 08.20.2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Beautiful way to frame your precious picture!
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!


  57. annemarie 08.20.2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Your girls are lovely – thanks for the giveaway. a(dot)haun(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  58. ME 08.20.2012 at 7:02 pm #

    So cute- it looks like they had a great time.

  59. Fran 08.20.2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Great frame! And I like that you involved your daughters in the process. Thanks for the chance to win some Aurifil thread.

  60. JoyceLM 08.20.2012 at 7:25 pm #

    Cute frame. Thanks for the giveaway. Haven’t used Aurifil thread yet.

  61. Debg 08.20.2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Adorable frames but even cuter girls. Enjoy them at this age. They grow up to fast. Love Aurifil thread.

  62. OhioLori 08.20.2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Your sweet daughters are ADORABLE!! Love the picture frame!

    Would Loooove to win…thanks for the chance! :)

  63. What cutie pies! The frame too! Thanks for the inspiration…I’m always looking for ways to hang pics in my Mom’s room (she’s 92 in assisted living, and the only wall good for pics is where her bed sits…can’t have anything heavy that might fall and knock her out..LOL)… Definitely going to give this a try soon!

  64. KerryQ 08.20.2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Lovely assistants! Thanks for the project idea and the giveaway!

  65. Deb 08.20.2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I use Aurifil too – what a cute idea!
    Thanks for the giveaway-

  66. Tracy 08.20.2012 at 9:03 pm #

    The frame is great! I love that book and Ayumi. I’d love to try out that thread.

  67. Christi 08.20.2012 at 9:55 pm #

    I would love to try Aurifil I usually use So Fine!
    Cjpike at Indiana dot edu

  68. laurakam 08.20.2012 at 9:59 pm #

    love the frame!!

  69. Cameron 08.20.2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Cute frame! Thanks for the giveaway!
    cameron (dot) lawracy (at) gmail (dot) com

  70. lorena 08.20.2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Fun! I love giveaways and could use some Aurifil! 😉 Thanks!
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

  71. Elaine 08.20.2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Such a cute frame and your girls are the best photo assistants! Thanks for the opportunity.

  72. Emmy 08.21.2012 at 12:06 am #

    Cool frame! Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. paulapatchwork 08.21.2012 at 12:21 am #

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  74. jude 08.21.2012 at 12:21 am #

    I like it very much! thanks for the giveaway!

  75. paulapatchwork 08.21.2012 at 12:22 am #

    Lovely frame and the models are too cute! xx

  76. Cindy 08.21.2012 at 12:36 am #

    What an adorable frame!! And your little models are sweet too!!:) I’ve never tried the Aurifil thread. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  77. **nicke... 08.21.2012 at 12:53 am #

    adorable! xo

  78. Yana 08.21.2012 at 2:00 am #

    Your girls are so cute:) Lovely frame, want to try make something like this

    yana.malysheva7 (at)

  79. Jenny Lazebnik 08.21.2012 at 4:29 am #

    I love the frame:) and this blog! Looking forward to some.more.sewing!!!

  80. Anonymous 08.21.2012 at 5:10 am #

    Love your frame – a good way of using scraps to co-ordinate a look even. Has given me a lovely present idea. Found you via aurifil mention – saw them at birmingham FOQ’s the range of colours is amazing.

  81. Cheryl Hackett 08.21.2012 at 6:29 am #

    Great project! For those who have never tried Aurifil thread you won’t ever use anything else once you have tried it, yes it is that good.

  82. Gloria 08.21.2012 at 6:33 am #

    Love the way you used fabric on this project. and I love the girls showing the final outcome. I would love to try them too.

  83. Fiona @findingfifth 08.21.2012 at 7:29 am #

    Aw I love the fact the sisters chose the fabrics – and I love the photos of them holding the frame. They look like good friends.

  84. leanne 08.21.2012 at 7:41 am #

    such a sweet frame and the girls look pretty happy with it too :)

  85. trigrandmatry 08.21.2012 at 8:06 am #

    Would love the chance to try the thread!

  86. Elsa 08.21.2012 at 8:58 am #

    Such a cute frame ~ I started out strong with the Zakka Style sew along and it got lost somewhere.
    I love using Aurifil thread and would love to win a pack of it ~ thanks so much for the giveaway!

    elsa [dot] hart [@] gmail [dot] com

  87. Catherine Eddleman 08.21.2012 at 9:20 am #

    Awww so cute! Your girls and the frame. I love Zakka Style. I have a different book, but now I’m interested in this one =)Thanks so much for the give-a-way. My email is catt[dot]eddleman[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Happy Sewing!

  88. Nancy 08.21.2012 at 9:24 am #

    Your frame looks fantastic!

  89. Gina 08.21.2012 at 9:28 am #

    What a cute project and lovely that you involved your girls in it too . Thanks for the chance to win .

  90. Anna Maria 08.21.2012 at 9:42 am #

    Great frame! Thanks for the chance to win ! I know Aurifil threads! :)

  91. Linda Dalton 08.21.2012 at 10:05 am #

    This is adorable! I won’t have time to make one this weekend, but I just added this to my projects to do list. Love your blog and thanks to Aurifil for showing me how to find you. Aurifil threads are all I use now…they are the best! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  92. ashley 08.21.2012 at 10:15 am #

    Wow! What a fun project! The picture with your girls is soooooo adorable!

  93. Linda E in AZ 08.21.2012 at 10:24 am #

    Cute frame and girls too!

  94. Anonymous 08.21.2012 at 11:27 am #

    I have always want to try the thread out, but none of my local store carries it. This looks like a fun project and your girls are cute.

  95. Shari 08.21.2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Your blog is awesome and I’d love the chance to try the thread. My local stores only carry Coats n Clark.

  96. andri. 08.21.2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Oh that looks so sweet:) and thanks for the chance!:)

  97. kristine 08.21.2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I’ve never used Aurifil thread but would love to try it!

  98. Maryvonne 08.21.2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I would love to try Aurifil, I haven’t seen it around here in the Netherlands.

  99. kirsten 08.21.2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I hear great things about this thread! I’d love to try some!

    knspears (at) gmail (dot) com

  100. GLÒRIA 08.21.2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I would to try Auifil Threas. Thank you!!!
    laboresgloria (at)gmail (dot) com

  101. DeniseMarie 08.21.2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Love Zakka! Thanks!

  102. Jessica Oliveto 08.21.2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to try making a frame with a fabric touch to it. Just like classing up some plain notebooks or cards!

  103. 08.21.2012 at 6:28 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win some thread. Your frame is awesome!
    Linda F.

  104. Dahlia 08.21.2012 at 8:16 pm #

    What a cute idea! And the girls picked out such fun fabric :)

  105. Meghann 08.21.2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I would love to win this thread. I have been thinking about trying it out for a little while now.

    Your pictures are beautiful. I wish I had little girls to do these fun projects with.

  106. Falafel and the Bee 08.22.2012 at 12:39 am #

    Yes please!!

  107. Jackie Zydeck 08.22.2012 at 1:11 am #

    Your frame is lovely. Jackie

  108. Michelle Corey 08.22.2012 at 9:38 am #


  109. Anonymous 08.22.2012 at 9:41 am #

    a win would be so inspiring right now with school starting!

  110. Sam 08.22.2012 at 12:53 pm #

    So cute. I need to get busy on mine!

  111. Havalah Turner 08.22.2012 at 1:12 pm #

    what a sweet frame!

  112. JOY 08.22.2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Quilting is my passion and I have been dying to try Aurifil. Thanks for the chance.


  113. april 08.22.2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Awesome frame! I would love a chance to try out aurifil thread on my quilts and see what all the hype is about:). Thanks for a chance!

  114. april 08.22.2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Awesome frame! I would love a chance to try out aurifil thread on my quilts and see what all the hype is about:). Thanks for a chance!

  115. Shirley Tener 08.22.2012 at 7:47 pm #

    I wasnt going to do this project for ZAkka due to a sewing machine wreck (literally, my machine was in the car) Also my computer crashing, but I have a glue gun and some scraps so why not, the prizes are fabulous and I am a Frame NUT !!

  116. LSS 08.23.2012 at 11:18 am #

    I love Aurifil thread! Thanks for the giveaway. My email should be in my profile.

  117. Erin 08.23.2012 at 11:25 am #

    I keep hearing such good things about Aurifil thread and would love to try some. Thanks for the chance! elyse (dot) erin (at) gmail (dot) com

  118. Amy B 08.23.2012 at 11:33 am #

    Aurifil thread looks awesome! Thank you for the chance to try it~Amy

  119. brenna 08.23.2012 at 11:43 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Haven’t tried that thread yet, but have heard lots of good things about it.

  120. Rebecca 08.23.2012 at 11:44 am #

    Sweet frame and girls! Thanks for the giveaway :) rktunnell {at} gmail {dot} com

  121. Lynne Tilley 08.23.2012 at 12:07 pm #

    I don’t know what aurifil thread is, but I’d love to find out.

  122. Roberta 08.23.2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I’d love to win the thread, I love the picture frame, so sweet.

  123. Roberta 08.23.2012 at 1:02 pm #

    I’d love to win the thread, I love the picture frame, so sweet.

  124. Roberta 08.23.2012 at 1:03 pm #

    I’d love to win the thread, I love the picture frame, so sweet.

  125. Jen 08.23.2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Ack, that frame is so cute! The perfect spot to hold a pic of your beautiful girls. I haven’t tried Aurifil yet, but I hear such great things about it. Thanks!

  126. Beth 08.23.2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I really enjoy following your blog and seeing your adorable little girls. I have 2 daughters myself and it is SO fun to sew for them. I would love some Aurifil thread. I had never heard of it, just googled it, and it looks like quality thread. Quality thread is very important for quilting and other sewing. It should match your fabric in content. Would love to win some! Thanks for sharing! whataboutbethATgmailDOTcom

  127. Lynn 08.23.2012 at 2:00 pm #

    The frame is so cute! Thanks for the giveaway! lynn [dot] chouw [at] gmail [dot] com

  128. Sarah Bailey 08.23.2012 at 2:09 pm #

    I think the frame isn’t really my style, but I like how you printed on it, and I bought the pattern and made a 241 tote recently, so yeah! Love your style! I’ve never used aurifil but I’m dying to try it. 😀

  129. Tiffany 08.23.2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Cute girls! What a great use of scraps!

  130. Nana-Bob 08.23.2012 at 2:50 pm #

    cute frame and i would love to try that thread. Thanks for the giveay!

  131. The Comeaux Family 08.23.2012 at 2:55 pm #


  132. Belinda 08.23.2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve begun to use Aurifil for my quilting projects & LOVE it. Would so love to try the sample pack you’re giving away. Thanks for the opportunity!

  133. Tia 08.23.2012 at 3:02 pm #

    What a cute frame! Love the packwork goodness.

  134. Stephanie 08.23.2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Love your blog! Thank you for the chance to win.


  135. zuska7 08.23.2012 at 3:35 pm #

    You chose so beautiful photo in your FRAME. Your blog is so inspiring. Thanks.

  136. Katherine 08.23.2012 at 4:13 pm #

    I love the sweet patchwork your girls selected to frame their picture. What a darling project to show off a favourite photo AND fabric!

  137. P. 08.23.2012 at 4:13 pm #

    That frame is adorable, as are the girls! I’d love to try Aurifil!

  138. Back Porch Extras 08.23.2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I love projects that are simple and use scraps and your frame fits that! What cute pics of kids. Mine are grown so love my grandkids and enjoy seeing little ones play. Will be following your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

  139. Simonsen 08.23.2012 at 4:36 pm #

    What a nice project to do with the kids, my machine just broke down, so hand sewing it is, lets see if we have some time this weekend!

  140. Caitlin T. 08.23.2012 at 5:44 pm #

    Your frame is adorable! I’ve been wanting to try out Aurifil for a while, after hearing so many great things about it. Thanks for the giveaway! saltyoat at gmail dot com

  141. Luisen 08.23.2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I love frames and they are so cute. I migt wanna try to make those myself.

  142. Sally 08.23.2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Handmade photo frames are always adorable! I have heard that Aurifil is great for hand work. I have a couple spools, but I don’t really do much handwork. I have been thinking of trying some hexies, though.

  143. wonkeybobbin 08.23.2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Everything I’ve seen from Zakka Style has been so cute!

  144. sasnak1972 08.23.2012 at 6:47 pm #

    You are so talented, and once again a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  145. Tabatha 08.23.2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Jumping in on the giveaway before it ends! I purchased the Zakka book but have yet to make anything from it! Lots of linen in my stash though, just waiting for the right moment to strike. 😀

  146. Cyn ;-) 08.23.2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Love the frame idea. The girls are so cute!
    Would love to win some Aurifil. Thanks for the opportunity.
    cyn4rest [at] hotmail [dot] com

  147. gloriajanine 08.23.2012 at 7:20 pm #

    That frame is sooo cute and the girls are adorable!! Wish my daughter was still little (can’t wait for grandchildren) I haven’t tried Aurifil, so thanks for the chance, would love to try some!! Auyumi is great – love her fabric bookcase amazing!!

  148. Earlori7 08.23.2012 at 7:37 pm #

    What a lovely memory maker!

  149. kbzelazny 08.23.2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I would love to try this thread!!!

  150. Deb 08.23.2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win the Aurifil thread! I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading your posts.

  151. Chancy 08.23.2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I’ve heard great things about Aurifil but have never tried it. Thanks for the chance to win some!

    chancyf (at) gmail (d0t) com

  152. Siew 08.23.2012 at 8:44 pm #

    I’m on a yarn and fabric diet but thread certainly doesn’t count now does it?

  153. Sandra 08.23.2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I must be living under a rock! I’m checking out her blog right after this…I just bought my first spool of Aurifil, hear nothing but good stuff :) looking forward to see how it works for me…wish me luck!!!

  154. Patti 08.23.2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Your girls look so cute and the frame is lovely.

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