INTERMIX by Erin McMorris

INTERMIX by Erin McMorris

I am happy to share with you today some sewing ventures using Intermix by Erin McMorris. Free Spirit sent me this line awhile ago and I tossed and turned over what to make with it.
I really wanted to make some placemats and even designed what I thought might be a fun concept, but the prints and colors really didn’t go with our dishes that well.
But I did come up with some fun free online projects from other people and one project adapted from one of my patterns.

When I was looking through the prints in the line, I really got this feeling of a late 70’s – early 80’s vibe.  My favorite print has to be Britta in Sprig. My second favorite would be the rows and rows of succulents in pots – Terra also in Sprig, but Terra in Petal would be right in there too!  The Finn print is soooo 1980’s!

I enjoyed reading about Erin’s Inspiration for Intermix here. She describes this collection as coming from all sorts of places.  When I read her post, I said to myself “OH, THAT’s why these are together.” I originally couldn’t see a theme to things, but now it all makes sense. What is really nice is that most of the prints will play nicely with other prints in my horde of a stash …. carefully curated historical textile collection.

So for the project of my own designs, I adapted my Hugs and Kisses No. 9 pattern. I created three large “Hug” blocks from the pattern and put them together in a runner.  I quilted them with an “X” pattern similar to the “Kiss” blocks in my pattern. I used a scrap of wool batting that I had, but I think the loft was a little higher than I should have  used. Don’t look too closely at the quilting, I am not extremely skilled in that area. But in spite of feeling that way about my quilting, I did it anyway! Can’t get better without practice, right??

Next,  I made my version of the little gift bags you have often seen here many times before. I NEVER get tired of making and  giving these!

That being said, I may have found my new favorite. These handled baskets from Ayumi at Pink Penguin were so fun to make. She also created the fun little long skinny Organizer Basket that I made in three different lengths. I think they are great too, but I couldn’t get mine to be as square as hers were. They seem floppier than I would like, but I still think they would be good for organizing thread, floss or ribbons.

Intermix is out in the stores now, So be sure to get some of it for your own projects before it is too late.

OR you could comment on this post to have a chance to win this bundle of fat quarters of Intermix!

Just tell me what you think about the line or let me know your favorite trends from the 70’s or 80’s!

I will draw a name from the comments and send an email to the winner next week or so.

Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,

Scott

95 Comments

  • The prints are pretty and bold. I think your patchwork squares are particularly effective with these fabrics.

    February 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm
    • Katy M

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      I love this line, it’s so cheery

      February 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm
  • Janna

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    I like that the colors are vibrant and not muddy.

    February 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm
  • Pam S

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    What fun fabrics! And you certainly put them to good use with the delightful baskets. My favorite trend from the 70’s was big glasses.

    February 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm
  • brenda

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    I came of age at the beginning of the 70s, so to me it’s the time when I learned to take a stand, love good music, and begin to discover the world. Blue jeans, flannel shits, and sweatshirts were my wardrobe staples, all enlivened with a bunch of creative embroidery.

    February 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    • brenda

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      “shirts!” Where is autocorrect when you want it? Sorry

      February 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm
  • Patty

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    I like the white backgrounds in most of the prints. Makes the line so bright and cheerful.

    February 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  • Christy Johnson

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    What a fun, eclectic bundle of fabrics! I was born in the early 80’s, so I don’t remember much of the trends, but some of my favorite photos are those of my parents when they were dating in the 70’s. Center parted hair! Bell bottoms! Hippie lifestyle! Oh, and my dear old sewing machine is a ruby red 1979 Husqvarna and I love it!

    February 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm
  • Laura

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    What a great collection! I’m a product of the 80s, so I wasn’t conscious of most of the trends.

    February 9, 2017 at 5:19 am
  • Dianne Young

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    What a beautiful spring-like collection! I would love to work with these beauties!!!!

    February 9, 2017 at 8:26 am
  • Love all the creative inspirational projects you shared. The bright clear colours are wonderful!

    February 9, 2017 at 9:05 am
  • Amy Caldwell

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    I love the retro yet colorful design of this fabric!! It would make such beautiful spring totes or mixed with coordinating solids into a really cool picnic quilt!!!!

    February 9, 2017 at 9:07 am
  • Leg warmers! Everyone’s favourite trend of the 80’s xx live the fabric xx

    February 9, 2017 at 9:54 am
  • Bell Bottom Jeans were the rage for me way back then – Peter Max posters – psychadelic flowers – Oh baby it was bold time!! These fabrics look like they would fit right in!!! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

    February 9, 2017 at 10:08 am
  • Judy

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    The colors in this line are so pretty and it is a really interesting mix of prints. I read her explanation for the mix and loved the fact that some of her ideas pop into her head while watching cat videos.

    February 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Yeah, the Finn Petal print is sooo 80s! I like the idea of your hugs and kisses quilt, but I’m still only a beginner. My “stash” fits in one large shopping bag LOL

    February 10, 2017 at 11:11 am
  • Gloria Cotten

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    I sm a color fiend so of course I love this collection! Thanks for your awesome giveaways! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

    February 11, 2017 at 11:44 am
  • Sandra Gregoire

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    Very pretty fabrics. Nice colours for some spring projects. I remember back in the 70’s the colour trend was a lot of orange and Browns.

    February 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Marie Tocco

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    Oh my gosh, that potted plant fabric is awesome!!!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm
  • Jacki Cook

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    I love the vibrant colors. I would love to make something beautiful with this bundle.

    February 11, 2017 at 2:38 pm
  • Nice fabric collection! I miss the blue jean skirts…could wear them anywhere!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Lori

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    They look like an awesome quilt in my future!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm
  • judy

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    Love the colors. They are so bright. I’m sure they will inspire me …

    February 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm
  • Laura sw

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    The fabrics are so different I just love them! Nice to mix it up! Would make a nice addition to the family :0)

    February 11, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Christina Sonnenfeld

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    Cute fabric and adorable items made with it!!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Brenda irwin

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    Beautiful fabrics!could make anything with them

    February 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  • Charald Comeau

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    I love the line. I also love the colors!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Lyn

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    I used to make wrap around aprons for big girls, but in funky 70s and 80s fabric, so seeing this suite has brought back memories ! Thank you !

    February 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • What pretty fabrics! I love the organizer baskets that you made. I could really use some of those!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
  • Jenelle

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    I love this line — the blends of colors are awesome, and I can see it quilting up nicely with some bold solids!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Mary-Anne

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    Oh my dear sweet Lord………….this would make an awesome baby quilt for our firstborn grandchild………it is awesome!

    February 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Wendy Taggart

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    Absolutely stunning fabric…as far as the 80’s was spent sewing with my grandmother…

    February 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm
  • Nancy

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    Adorable, I need this!!!!

    February 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • Sherry Jurykovsky

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    Love the mix of colors and prints. I think my favorite thing from the 70s was the music, but I was in high school then so I think that’s pretty typical. Would love to add these fabrics to my stash. 🙂

    February 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Jan Wills

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    Love your blog and these fabrics!

    February 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Pat

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    The colours are absolutely gorgeous and love the finished items

    February 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Karen

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    Lovely fabric they could be made into a beautiful quilt

    February 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Judie Harron

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    Love your choice of patterns for these modern and chic fabrics…would love a chance to win some fat quarters! Thanks for the chance.

    February 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Vickie Mone

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    Wow – some loud fabric – love it – it would take me out of my comfort zone of country scrappy – my favorite thing about the 70’s and 80’s was the “Big” hair – thank you Scott.

    February 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Dianna Eickhorn

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    Love all the colors. I don’t know what I would make with them, but, I sure would like to find out. So inspiring!

    February 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm
  • So bright and cheerful!!!

    February 11, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Carole Howard

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    I love the designs in this line, maybe because my younger years were in 70’s & 80’s. Nice job on the little baskets and placemats

    February 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm
  • Lisa R.

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    Love these fabrics! So funky and bright.
    80s big hair rocked!

    February 11, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Laura

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    Love the colors of the intermix line. Best part of the 70’s and 80’s the music and hairstyles!

    February 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm
  • Karen A

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    What a pretty collection. Love the colors.

    February 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Kathy Thompson

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    Love it! Can’t wait till you send it to me!

    February 11, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Jan Eby

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    I like the bold modern colors in this fabric line. But I loved the paisley patterns from the 70’s, too’

    February 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Ann Wheeler

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    Love the colors and would love to make the baskets. They look great!

    February 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm
  • Erika

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    As a child of the 80s, of course I liked neon anything-not sure that fits my quilting style though!

    February 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm
  • Bev Hendricks

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    Sew pretty! Love the fabrics and the unique items. Thanks for sharing.

    February 11, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Leslie Wittenberg

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    I love the potted plant print!

    February 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm
  • Linda Phelps

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    I love the look of these. they remind me spring is just around the corner. I went to college in the seventies and moved to start my first job and life on my own. Great memories of a carefree time for me.

    February 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm
  • vickimannion

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    I was in high school in the 70s and these colors remind me of the fun prints we used to wear (of course, they were made of nylon and about as breathable as a plastic bag, but we were SO cool)!

    February 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm
  • Cecilia

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    Cute and fun fabrics! I love the music from the 70s.

    February 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm
  • Lauren Ihnow

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    I love the brightness of the colors. They sort of give off that electric feeling. I’m the late seventies I loved embroidering my bell bottom blue jeans or putting on patches too.

    February 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm
  • Anne Hilgers

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    I really like the colors and the patterns. I was in college in the 70’s and blue jeans and embroidered denim shirts were the mode of life.

    February 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm
  • Joan Adams

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    I love this line. Bright and refreshing! Would look beautiful in any quilt.

    February 11, 2017 at 9:32 pm
  • Ava Troxler

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    My favorite nonfamily thing from the 70s is the resurgence of quilting and the slow but steady expansion of fabrics and all thing quilty.

    February 11, 2017 at 10:37 pm
  • Verna

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    I love the way the colors pop! You are very creative

    February 12, 2017 at 6:15 am
  • Rejeana Bowersox

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    Bright bold prints of the 70s were so much fun, and these prints are even better!

    February 12, 2017 at 6:46 am
  • Pam

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    Lovely bright bold prints

    February 12, 2017 at 6:49 am
  • Betty

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    Fabric could brighten my 70’s bedroom furniture.

    February 12, 2017 at 7:19 am
  • Pat Murphy

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    love the pretty, cheery colors. Would make one of these dreary winter days a little brighter, thanks in advance for you generosity.

    February 12, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Sherri Palfrey

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    I grew up in the 70-80 era and we were all about unique,clunky and funky. We were the generation of bright colors, earth mother,psychedelic posters, black lights, French braids, clogs,overalls and living in a time of community intertwining. Everybody knew everybody else…didn’t matter,race,color or creed. I love the grassroots brightness of this line. No Muddy colors just vivid down to earth..

    February 12, 2017 at 10:08 am
  • Lucia Butler

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    This fabric is so different from what has been available recently. Nice to have something that is unique.

    February 12, 2017 at 11:23 am
  • Denise

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    absolutely adore the vibrant colours with the whit background they would make anything come to life. I live colour in my quilts. I also loved “hot pants” in the 70’s.

    February 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm
  • Donna Joy

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    I like the use of black in all the many bright colors, The leaves are great. Thanks for the giveaway.

    February 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm
  • Deanne Stewart

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    This is a beautiful explosion of color!

    February 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm
  • Angela Short

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    That is such awesome fabric. You have great info. Inspiring! Good luck everyone!!

    February 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm
  • JoAnn McNeill

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    Love this bold print line. They are just so springy and happy. It goes so great together. It looks wonderful in the quilt and also in all the baskets. Great gift idea to do baskets. Sew may ideas and sew little time 🙂

    February 13, 2017 at 7:31 am
  • Mindy Wolfe

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    I LIKE THE BOLD BRIGHT COLORS AND DESIGNS REMINDS ME OF THE CLOTHES FROM THE 70’S.

    February 13, 2017 at 10:02 am
  • Cherryl Barron

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    I love the fabrics – so radical in the 70’s and so memorable because I was then a teenager. I just love all the clashes of colour and big bold patterns – it would make a beautiful quilt even today!

    February 13, 2017 at 5:34 pm
  • Very retro and I grew up in the 80s, well 70s as well !!!
    Linda Marie Finn

    February 14, 2017 at 6:30 am
  • Quilting Tangent

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    Cute baskets, I like the long skinny ones. The baskets could be used to organize so many things.

    February 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Emily C

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    I love this line, makes cute baskets.

    February 14, 2017 at 4:13 pm
  • A challenging mix, but would be stunning showcased with solids 🙂

    February 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm
  • Angela Short

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    Absolutely love the fabric!!!! I really really love the 1970s style and colors! Orange and green and such!! Bell bottoms are way cool. Good luck everyone! angielovesgary2@ gmaildotcom

    February 14, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  • Beth F

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    Love the mix of colors in this line–especially the use of browns & blacks with colors! Quilt this with some solid browns or blacks & it would sing!
    The 70’s… Augh! Mostly an ugly decade (hairstyles, polyester clothes), but the colors were great! And the music was the best: Led Zepplin, Yes, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan & The Band, New York Dolls… and the album covers were works of art!

    February 14, 2017 at 7:05 pm
  • Urška

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    I think they are perfect for pouches.

    February 15, 2017 at 12:47 am
  • I adore the potted plant fabric! Trends from the 80’s Oh My! How bout that Rubix Cube!

    February 15, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Sandy K

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    The baskets with the handles are super cute.

    February 15, 2017 at 9:19 am
  • Vicki H

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    I don’t tend to pay attention to trends, I guess I am blind to most of them. I would love to make totes with your fabrics.

    February 15, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • My favorite trend from the 70’s was nice floppy bell bottoms.

    February 15, 2017 at 9:54 am
  • Laura

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    Tossed and turned over! Just the way I like to decide what to do with a set of fabrics. Love tye dyed tshirts (from the 60s and 70s) always have and now they are popular again.

    February 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm
  • JJ

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    I love the bright, bold colors.

    February 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm
  • I was in high school during the 80s. Loved the big hair (just kidding, actually I have really straight hair so it didn’t work for me).

    February 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm
  • amandachristensens

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    I loved leggings and huge shirts back in the 80’s. I looked pretty cute in them back in high school, but I might look like I have something to hide now! lol

    February 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm
  • Stephanie L.

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    I think the line has a strong voice for fun bags!

    February 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm
  • Corinne in Forks, WA, USA

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    I love your bags and baskets – nice job! The music of the 70s and 80s is nostalgic for me!

    February 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Jan Bolton

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    I love these fabrics and colors. Great job on your projects.

    February 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm
  • Patty Galbraith

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    Love the colors in this line. They would blend in perfectly with my stash. Thank you Scott.
    mpattygalbraith@gmail.com

    February 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm
  • Melody Lutz

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    These fabrics are SO fun! You certainly made them shine in your projects!

    February 20, 2017 at 8:13 am
  • Judi D

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    Love the bold and wild style of this line! (glad shoulder pads from the 70s and 80s are gone….wishing the big hair would come back though)

    February 20, 2017 at 9:46 am

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