Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks - Quilter's Blog' Hop Party!

http://quiltinggallery.com/

The Quilting Gallery is having a Blog Hop with Give-Aways and I have decided to participate!!!  The Blog Hop will start today and will run until November 26.  So join the fun and you might win some give-aways!

If you are not familiar with the Quilting Gallery, here you can meet thousands of quilters from around the world in the quilting bloggers directory.  Browse the quilt shop locator, a unique map-based directory of quilting retailers and professionals.  Find connections in the world-wide directory of quilt guilds and search for the latest in quilting books, patterns and notions in the quilters market.

They also host quilt show-n-tells and lots of freebies!

Now I'm new to this.. so bear with me!  But I hope you join the fun!

Give-Aways!
I will be giving away prizes to two lucky blog hoppers as my Thank You for participating!
The first is a beautiful pattern by Nancy Odom called Joanna's Pumpkins & Pomegranates.  Perfect for the season and perfect for all the appliquers out there!  This finished quilt measures 57 1/2" x 57 1/2".  I am also giving away this stack of fall scraps.  These are big scraps - most almost a full fat quater and one is a full fat quarter.  The polka dot piece is the smallest, but I thought it looked perfect with this group so I decided to include it.
The second give-away are two of my most popular patterns, Tuscany Tile Fish and Sea Gem.  Both are raw edge applique and pieced wall quilts.  These will appeal to the art quilters out there or anyone interested in learning how to do raw edge applique.  Once the center piece is glued together, the quilt is appliqued and quilted in one step.  Lots of fun and lots of creativity!  

How to Enter, How to Win!
Leave a comment below.  One entry per person.  Duplicate entries will be deleted.  The two winners will be randomly selected.  I will email the winners on November 27.  Good luck!

Answer the following: What is your most treasured holiday tradition that you look forward to year after year?  Is it a special gift you make every year?  A trip to see holiday decorations?  A special meal with family or friends?  Please share your traditions! 

Rockefeller Center Skating Rink
Me and my DH

One of my favorite traditions each year is going into New York city to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!  We usually meet my brother and his family there and enjoy the beauty of the city all decked out for the holiday season!
Finished size: 16" x 16"
Here is my most recent holiday project!  Now I just have to quilt it!

Happy Blog Hopping!

Deb

86 comments:

  1. My holiday tradition is since 5 years to start a special new quilt. In 2012 during Christmas holiday I started with the quilt The circle game. And now it is almost finished, just some more quilting and putting on a label. Than i can think about the quilt that I'd like to start in 2013: the Caswell quilt??? So my target is one big quilt a year starting around Christmas.
    Greetings lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  2. Hi, Debra! I love, love, love your blog, because we have a lot in common and our likes are very similar. I am an avid needle-turn applique enthusiast and have made several of the same quilts as you. Love Blackbird Designs and Kim Diehl. I had already purchased A Bountiful Life before I saw that you are making it too. ONE of my favorite holiday traditions is to make hand-made Christmas ornaments for my family, friends and co-workers (each year a different design). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Eileen

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  3. My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas stockings. Everyone in the family has felt stockings made to match the one made for me when I was a baby - over 50 years ago. A new granddaughter just joined the family so I will be getting to work on hers soon. My grown children still say that it wouldn't be Christmas without filling the stockings!

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  4. My favorite Holiday tradition used to be getting together with my hubbys family for Christmas Eve. My MIL passed away a year and a half ago, so the tradition sadly is gone. But we were so blessed for all those years of family gatherings.

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  5. I love the fish and seahorse pattern. I bought a turtle quilt pattern in Hawaii and these would go great on the wall with it.
    We don't have any strict traditions. We are super flexible.

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  6. Our holiday tradition is collecting an ornament from every place we visit. That way, when we trip our tree, we can re-live our vacations and their happy memories.

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  7. Oh my oh my oh my! Your blog is beautiful! I'm so glad that I discovered it on this hop. I love your patterns! My favorite Christmas tradition is our family's white elephant gift exchange - lots of laughs!

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  8. Very nice. I've added your giveaway to my weekly link up.

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  9. My favorite tradition is enjoying a holiday movie night. Curled on the couch with pjs and hot cocoa

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  10. our tradition is to make "tourtiere" on christmas eve...this is a meat dish served on christmas eve by french families in quebec...the recipe came from my daughter's teacher who got it from her mother

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  11. We always look forward to Christmas Dinner - standing rib roast and Yorkshire pudding!

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  12. One tradition that we have is there is a stocking for our children , grand children and great grand children. on our mantels The kids always look forward to Christmas morning because they know that there is another gift for them They open there presents on Christmas Eve but on Christmas Day they have one more to open

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  13. Having a family that has allot of Traditions. My favorite is Thanksgiving, the simplicity of day gives way to enjoy being together. We all contribute in one way or another. Love your Tile Fish! From Artsy to another. Happy Thanksgiving from the Southern tip of New Jersey!

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  14. We go sledding Christmas Eve Day.

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  15. I really enjoy going around and looking at the decorated houses.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  16. Well, our little family of DH, Poodle and I like to look at Christmas lights, go to DC for the National trees, watch Hallmark holiday movies together, and be home together. Thanks
    LeeAnna Paylor leeannaquilts@gmail.com lapaylor.blogspot.com

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  17. putting out my nativity scene made of olivewood..

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  18. My favorite tradition was making thanksgiving and christmas dinner.

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  19. I am not much of a baker, but I love getting together and making Christmas Cookies on the saturday after Thanksgiving each year.

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  20. I knit my daughter-in-laws and my mother socks each year for Christmas and I love watching as they open their presents.

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  21. On Christmas Eve my entire family gets together for dinner. We make waffles and lots of other things but the waffles are the "different" thing. Thanks for the opportunity. Your patterns are great.

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  22. I bake lots & lots of cookies every year to give away as gifts. And we try every year to see the Christmas lights near Meadow, NC. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. Our favorite tradition each Christmas is going to this large church that has a live drive through nativity. t is a recreation of Bethlehem. and it is unreal. Absolutely gorgeous. The costumes are magnificent. The angels are always my favorite and afterwards we ride around to see all the Christmas lights in different communities. Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway.

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  24. My family loves to make a new Christmas breakfast every year, no repeats. Love your fish design.

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  25. my new one is making a christmas quilt

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  26. I don't have any specific Christmas tradition yet because I just moved in another country :) but a dinner with my family was the Christmas tradition until now! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  27. Debra, I am thankful to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving this year with both of my grown children . So far this is the second year we have been able to accomplish this so I hope it becomes a tradition. I so love your header quilt.

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  28. I look forward to Christmas Eve every year. That is the time that me and my 6 siblings, and their significant others and children, and my mom get together. We do our present exchange then. My mom remarried when I was young. We always did Christmas with all the kids together every year on Christmas Eve. It has continued now for many years. Btw, your quilting is gorgeous.

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  29. I love decorating the Christmas tree with all the special ornaments we have collected from places we've traveled.

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  30. Our tradition is going out to look at Christmas lights thru the neighborhood on Christmas eve.

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  31. We always get the biggest tree our living room can hold and decorate it to the max! Of course, it has fallen over two times in the last five years, but we will get it right one of these days!

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  32. Your holiday project is lovely! My favorite tradition is starting out our holiday season w/ cinnamon rolls and coffee or hot cocoa on St. Lucias Day, Dec 13! thank you for the lovely giveaway!

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  33. My favorite Christmas tradition is making cut-out ginger cookies with my daughter, and anyone else we can cajole into helping to decorate them.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I really like your Pumpkins and Pomegranate pattern.

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  34. A favorite tradition is choosing a Christmas ornament for each of my children that has some connection to the current year. These ornaments are theirs for when they move out and have their own Christmas tree. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  35. I love autumn colors, so naturally, your fabric selections ar a hit with me. Also, I have been wanting to try raw edge applique...I've tried 1/4 needle turning, mesh backing, stain stitch and blanket stitich applique. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Thanks for sharing your site and for the great giveaway.
    The tradition I like most is setting up my Christmas village.

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  37. My favourite holiday is Christmas and my favourite tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve. :)

    tgallop@mts.net
    www.willcookforshoes.ca

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  38. My holiday tradition is taking my niece and nephew to see the train garden then see some of the Christmas lights. We lost my grandma to cancer 2 years in Dec and I have precious memories of here driving my brother and I just too look at the lights and decorations.

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  39. My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve dinner that includes Swedish meatball, potatoes and gravy. The tradition goes from at least when my grandma was young and I hope that my grandkids continue the tradition too.

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  40. I love your most recent project---and that you go to NYC to enjoy the Holiday Season. :)

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  41. Thank you so much for a great giveaway. I love needle turn applique and I think it adds so much more to a quilt when applique is added. Your patterns are lovely. My favorite tradition is going to the park with my grandson to see the lights and decorations.

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  42. HELLO, LOVE YOUR QUILT!
    EACH CHRISTMAS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WORSHIP JESUS>WE LOVE MEETING TOGETHER TO DO THAT! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  43. One of our favorite traditions is the lighting of the tree for the first time with the little ones. I was at the Rockefeller Center one time during the Christmas season and saw the tree and rink. It is a fond memory for me too.

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  44. I look forward to stargazing every Christmas eve and singing carols around a bonfire.
    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  45. Our entire family and extended family attend the candlelight Christmas Eve service together. We love singing the old familiar carols and hearing about our Savior's birth. Afterwards we gather for a typical Scandinavian meal and present exchange.

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  46. One of my favorite holiday tradition is our annual gingerbread party. It's a HUGE amount of work as I make a house for each family (around 20 a year) but everyone brings a potluck dish and candy to share and every family takes home a house. It's loud, chaotic and lots of fun! Thanks for hosting. pbstrand@msn.com

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  47. Our favorite holiday tradition is to drive through the neighborhoods that have luminaries out on Christmas Eve.

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  48. My favorite tradition is going to Mom's Christmas eve with 50 other relatives!!! midwayfarms@hughes.net

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  49. My favourite tradition is decorating the tree with my family.

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  50. My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree each year. We have cherished ornaments from several generations.

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  51. Your quilts are stunning. To ever be so talented is my wish. I'm just beginning to learn and both giveaways would be most appreciated. To bad I couldn't win both LOL. My favorite holiday thing to do is bake a lot of goodies for friends and family. Get all excited thinking about it. I usually make some where about 30 different types. I also signed up to follow you by email.

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  52. my favorite is the month of December, one weekend is gingerbread houses, the next is baking cookies, and the next is making goodie filled mugs and baskets.. My stepdaughter and grandchildren look so forward to these traditions.. oh and while we are working in the house the adult men are hanging the lights, although I don't think that is a favorite tradition for them...

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  53. Our family's favorite tradition is opening our Christmas stockings. They are always full of silly little things and we have so much fun together opening them.

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  54. Each year we package mixed dried beans for bean soup. We include a recipe and give these for gifts to friends and neighbors. It takes the entire family to "assembly-line" the packages. We've been doing this since our first year as a married couple. Friends look forward to our beans each years. Thank you for an awesome giveaway! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  55. I love that the family sings the 12 days of christmas and every year we manage to mess it up.

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  56. I love your quilt...
    I started this tradition about 6 years ago.. I give all the females new Christmas socks to be worn Christmas morning as they open their gifts and the guys get a bag of their favorite candy.
    Thanks for a chance at your generous giveaway..

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  57. I love Christmas because each year I make gifts for everyone. That's my favorite thing, making stuff. Sometimes it's sewn, sometimes baked, sometimes mixed up in a jar. I've been doing this for years and it's my funnest thing. I,also, am an artist (San Francisco Art Institute) and designer. Come by Prairie Cottage Corner and visit when you have a chance. Thanks for letting us visit and have a chance to win wonderful prizes!

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  58. When I was working as a nurse, we would all bake cookies and swap at work. I miss that since I retired. Thanks. New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  59. Yearly, we travel to the National Forest (with our permit) to find and cut our tree. We go by 4wd as far as possible and then hike to find a fresh blue spruce, our favorite tree. Many have stayed fresh till April on our patio.

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  60. We have Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve and leftover Christmas Day!

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  61. Hi there! My favorite Christmas tradition is making cheese fondue for Christmas Eve and everyone sitting around with their forks eating up the yummy goodness! Thanks for the chance to win! rosesabey@yahoo.com

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  62. My favorite tradition is cookie day with family. We all gather at one home during the week and make cookies. Everyone comes back on the week-end to decorate them. On Christmas eve we watch the movie Elf and snack on our cookies.

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  63. What wonderful giveaway!! Our favorite family tradition is a White Elephant exchange that always has all of us laughing!! Thanks!

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  64. My favorite is having tourtiere pie on Christmas eve and then going to midnight mass and coming home to fill stockings

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  65. first, I would so love to win the aquatic patterns...my daughter is a marine biologist! My tradition is to make "Hungarian" kifli (cookies) my Mom who passed 12 years ago used to make them every year until she got arthritis in her hands, but we all loved them so and missed them terribly...so I try...they are not as good as my mothers, but I try :-)

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  66. My favorite tradition is our family Christmas Eve. We open our gifts one at a time youngest to oldest and during large gatherings it used to take hours... so much fun. Then my dad makes Tom & Jerry's for all the adults which is his culinary contribution!

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  67. I guess it would be that all the extended family gets together on Christmas Eve. I make sure we are home for Christmas morning at all costs!

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  68. We don't really have any traditions. Everyone just kinda does their own thing.

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  69. Thanks for such a nice giveaway! We bake cookies on Christmas Eve.

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  70. Mom & I use a vintage Santa cookie mold to make cookies each year. ll_Gee at hotmail dot com

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  71. Love your red holiday project....red is my favorite color...so bright and bold! My favorite tradition is our Trim the Tree party on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. I'd love to be entered for the pumpkin pattern and scraps!! thanks

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  72. One of my favorite traditions is eggs Benedict for Xmas morning breakfast. It's SO good! Thanks!

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  73. I make Christmas boxes instead of stockings. It is fun to pick out little trinkets for everyone! Thanks for the chance and Happy Thanksgiving.
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  74. My favorite holiday tradition is all of our families spending Christmas Eve night with the grandparents. Sorta crowded but lots of fun!
    dana.cargill@gmail.com

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  75. My favorite holiday tradition is baking a huge assortment of cookies and then packing them up in the car -- with the dog -- and going home to spend time with my parents, my children, and my grandchildren. It is such a great time being together.

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  76. One of our Christmas traditions is having a family breakfast with the whole family. Thanks for a chance to win one of your fantastic giveaways.

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  77. We do 12 days of Christmas for 2 or 3 families in my neighborhood. Thanks for chance to win.

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  78. I love getting together for dinner with all of our family. That's about the only time during the year that we can all get together. We have a big dinner and then a white elephant gift exchange and like to see who has the silliest gift!

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  79. luv shopping for other people and watching them open their gifts!

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  80. thank you for the giveaway-- my favorite tradition is decorating the tree together--my husband and I and our daughter's family
    cjscraftcorner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. I'm afraid now that our parents have passed on in the last few years that as a large family we don't gather anymore. my small family just want to be able to get together on any day that our schedules will let us. One year it was the middle of Jan. before we had our Christmas dinner and gift exchange! Just trying to get together is almost our tradition!

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  82. I love your website. So colorful and creative.. one of my favoritee things to do is decorate cookies with my kids and now grandkids.

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  83. My favorite tradition is having Christmas dinner with my grand kids!

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  84. My family has always celebrated Christmas dinner on the Sunday before Christmas ever since I was a little girl and cried because my Dad took me out of the pile of boxes I'd built after opening my Christmas gifts. I cried all through the entire meal, I choked, and would not eat. Mom was flustered since she wanted to eat the meal while it was hot, and of course I was too little to understand any of that. So Mom solved the problem and from then on She would fix full Christmas dinner on the Sunday before Christmas, and would bake a ham the night before Christmas so anyone could eat whenever they were hungry on Christmas. We were always all together, so that was never a problem. We invited friends to join for morning oyster stew breakfast, then shared gifts between them, and then after everyone left, we got what we wanted for dinner, and opened stockings after dinner. Opening stockings later in the day makes it feel like there are two Christmases on one day. It's still a favorite of mine.
    Rae (nrhaller@aol.com)

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