Thursday, January 29, 2015

We Support You Blog Hop

Welcome to the first day of the "We Support You" blog hop.  The very talented Mdm Samm of !Sew We Quilt created a fabulous pattern for the ladies within our blogging community to make last year to show a special someone how much she was loved and appreciated after losing her home to a fire.  You can see that fabulous quilt here

Fast forward a few months only to discover that several of the beautiful ladies within our blogging community were battling breast cancer. Mdm Samm came up with a wonderful idea of a blog hop, where we could make something using her fabulous pattern from the previous We Support You Quilt,  (You may e-mail her directly to purchase the pattern which is $12.00- madamesamm@me.com) to show our love and support for those who were struggling with breast cancer. The wonderful Pat from Life in the Scrapatch has been keeping us focused and on task.  Mdm Samm, and Pat both deserve mega hugs for all that they do for us!

Breast Cancer touches many of us in one way or another.  According to the National Breast Cancer Organization 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. While I do not know anyone currently with breast cancer personally, my great grandmother who helped raised me had breast cancer at 80 years of age.   That was many years ago and I can still remember what kind of treatment options were available and how it affected her.  I must say that things have progressed tremendously since then.  Anyway on with my submission. 

First of all please forgive my photos. The best time to take pictures is in early morning sunshine, or late afternoon sunshine, with my job I am working at those times so my only opportunity to take photos was smack dab in the middle of the day, and of course it was a cloudless day with gorgeous blue skies, and bright sunshine reflecting off of the snow we had left.  

I decided to make one bra. I reduced the pattern by about 25%,  chose my fabrics and put it together.

I called it my Wild Child bra.   Making it reminded me of a couple of  our daughters (we have 5!)  Then I got to thinking.  One in 8 women!  Between our 5 daughters, 7 grand daughters and myself there is a high probability that one of us will have breast cancer in our lifetime.  So I decided to make some more to  match the 5 daughter's personalities. 

I found this cute ribbon, love the pink gingham, and the fabric for the bra almost looked like pink denim.

Then I found this sweet rosebud edging and just knew I had to use it with some polka dots. 

I then picked up a fat quarter one day of this sweet pink to use in my Grand Illusion Mystery quilt and thought I really want to make a bra out of that.  So I went searching and found some online and instantly ordered it. I love the sophisticated look of the pattern in the fabric.

Of course while I was looking for the fabric above I saw some fabric on sale, and who can resist the Michael Miller Fairy Frost, and this yummy edging with pearls and organdy flowers.  I thought it was so sweet looking.

Now I have 5 bras and didn't have a clue what to do with them.  So I decided to make a big flower wall hanging.  Wow my flower did not end up centered very well....artistic license. 

I embroidered the center and appliqued my petals down and had a wee bit of a problem.
I explained I had lost my glue baste here.  I tried pinning but I ended up with this.  Yuck!  But I decided I was going to make the most of it.   I refused to take out all the stitching. Design feature! So I sewed all the petals on this way.

I would make a couple of pleats, which gave it some poofiness, and I was not even going to attempt to quilt that.

I then embroidered the logo and that was my flower center.  I learned from my previous mistake.  This time I used a glue stick....which is not the optimum to use on such a large piece to stick down, but hey whatever works.
I stitched around it with a variegated yellow Mettler silk thread.  (One of my only two outside pictures)

I quilted with an all over meander, don't look to close to the quilting there was some tension problem, which I will fix later on.

I then finished it up with some magic binding.


I love how it all turned out.

Here are the rest of the ladies participating today.

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Thanks for stopping by. 


121 comments:

  1. Colette ... this is sew creative! I love how you thought smaller and scaled down the pattern and made a petal for each of your daughters' unique personalities. Lovely quilting. May you and your girls be blessed and cancer free. Thank your for sewing your support and joining in this hop ... :) Pat

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    1. If you only knew how hard it was for me to get this completed. I hope I didn't miss anything and all the links worked. Sometimes blogger isn't the greatest when you preview. Thank you for your sweet comment.

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  2. Love how you made a flower out of your bras! Thank you for sharing and joining the hop.

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  3. I love your quilt! I am just getting into the free motion quilting. It can be super fun, but challenging in the beginning. You look like you can cruise right away at it!
    ~Corrie

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    1. I have a huge cheat. My dear sweet hubby built me a quilting frame, much like the very expensive ones and we retro fitted an old Singer model 15-91 to use on it. There are some challenges some days, but I am sure there are whenever you quilt. I just keep practicing. Thank you for stopping by and the lovely comment.

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  4. I adore all the pink fabrics and the different trims. What great ideas. I love the flower with all the petals with one for each daughter. What a great tribute and what a great way to remember each of them in a special way. I wish I could get the hang of free motion quilting. As I tell people if I practiced it as much as I have practiced sewing all these years, I be great at it, too! Great job. What a great way to get the first day of the hop off to a great start.

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    1. I had so much fun finding pink fabrics. If you looked at my cutting table there were lots of discarded "cups" cause they just didn't quite fit the color of the feel. I have a huge advantage. My hubby made me a quilting frame, which I can run a Singer model 15-91 so it is a wee bit easier to FMQ. I practice, a bit then just decided what the heck jump in and go girl. Thank you for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.

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  5. Your wall quilt is really sweet. Love how each petal represents your daughters.

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  6. I love the variety of trims and fabrics you used to give each adorable bra its own personality! They are all lovely. (I am just figuring out how to quilt in a straight line without an oops, so I think your quilting is amazing!)

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    1. Thank you it gave me a reason to do a little shopping, and I had fun playing. I can't stitch in the ditch. As one lovely lady said one time I stitch in the ditch, over the ditch, beside the ditch, and through the ditch. I just practice a little and go for it!

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  7. I love your flower bra's or eeeehm bra flowers....You made me laugh out loud with the artistic license and design features! I am trying to put a quilt top together at the moment, which requires a lot of .....well.....fiddling? I felt supported in a totally unexpected way! Thank you!

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    1. I worked in IT for many years, we used those terms liberally when after days, sometimes weeks or months of testing to only go live and it not work the way it did in the test environment. : S Thanks for the sweet comment.

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  8. So cute bra's, this is a great quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I enjoyed making them, now I have the pattern in case I ever need to make more in the future.

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  9. So cute bra's, this is a great quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. love your artistic creation. and love that you have different bra personalities. very supportive and cool

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    1. Awe thank you. Wait until you see what kind of mischief I am going to get into next.

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  11. Such cute little bras. So very supportive.

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  12. That is a great idea to represent all the women in your family with different bras! Your fabric choices are so pretty too.

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    1. Thanks I had a good time finding the fabrics, ribbons and trims.

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  13. So inventive!!! great idea to do this for everyone

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    1. Thank you. With all the ladies in the household even though some are still little girls I could have made quite the quilt.

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  14. I love how you used your artistic license on that bra flower...too cute! Your meandering quilting looks fantastic!

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    1. Thank you I had to have some excuse for not taking it apart.

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  15. so artistic, what a way to honour so many women in our lives....blessings to you all

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    1. Thank you I enjoyed the pattern, struggled a bit with ideas but got through it and finished!

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  16. http://kwiltkrazy.blogspot.ca link to the next lady is not working...please add this so we can find her as easily as we found you..thanks so much

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    1. Thank you. I struggled with a plan for a while.

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  18. What a sweet little quilt. You did a lovely job on the tiny bra's.

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    1. Thank you. I enjoyed playing with the fabric and pattern.

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  19. What nice colors for bras, which I had that many to choice from. Love the little quilt.

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    1. Oh I know. I have a plan I have learned something new and fun.

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  20. What a great idea....after all, our daughters are the flowers in our lives. :) Beautiful! blessings, marlene

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    1. That is what I thought how very precious they are to me, as are my grand daughters. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  21. Love it! Such wonderful fabrics and trims--great work!

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    1. Thank you I had so much fun acquiring them.

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  22. I love how you made one for each girl and then turned it into a big flower.

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    1. It all started with the wild child one which I had picked out the fabric to make a pillow case, which then turned into a chap stick holder, and tissue holder. I am getting a lot of mileage from that fabric. That is how the idea came about.

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  23. Love your "flower petals". Does each daughter have to guess which one is her? Love the pinks, such cute fabrics.

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    1. I don't think they could figure it out. Sometimes our perception of ourselves is much different than what our parent's perception is. I don't know if they could figure it out. I enjoyed choosing the fabrics though

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  24. How sweet that you made one for each daughter! Great job!

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    1. I had to figure out some project and I thought it was a great way to remember to pray each and every day for all of the daughters, sometimes you "forget" the ones that are not having trials and tribulations and only focus on the current set of problems going on.

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  25. How sweet that you made one for each daughter! Great job!

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  26. Your quilt is great! Little girls are like flowers in our lives and this is perfect.

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  27. What a perfect little quiltie for your family. Such deep meaning...sure to become one of the treasured heirlooms!

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    1. I am sure a couple of them will love it, not all of my daughters appreciate home made stuff though. It has meaning to me though.

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  28. Fun idea, love the fairy frost one :)

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    1. I loved how that one turned out too. Do you know how many different colors of fairy frost there are in a light pink?

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  29. What a cute idea! I may have to steal it sometime LOL. I have twin granddaughters and one daughter of my own so my flower will be much smaller :)

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    1. Trillium are fabulous three petal flowers. Thank you for the sweet comment.

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  30. Great idea. And it turned out beautiful.

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  31. Looks like you had way too much fun making that quilt. It's great!

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    1. I enjoyed the pattern, and it was so much fun choosing the fabrics and trims.

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  32. What a cute quilt.....one for each daughter was such a good idea !

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    1. Thank you. Maybe someday I will again revisit the pattern and include all the grand daughters.

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  33. Like your bras maybe you could get a job designing them

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    1. ROFL Wait until you see what I am up to next.

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  34. Nice work! Loved the presentation. You did good!

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  35. Ahhh...sew cute. Love the pearl one. You must have enjoyed this pattern as much as me, couldn't make just one! Hugs, ~Cori

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    1. Oh they were like potato chips you couldn't just stop at one.

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  36. Ahhh...sew cute. Love the pearl one. You must have enjoyed this pattern as much as me, couldn't make just one! Hugs, ~Cori

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  37. Gorgeous materials for all your bras - what fun making one for each daughter.

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    1. It was fun matching their personalities, but keeping the pink.

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  38. Thank you sew much for Supporting this hop. Very clever of you to create Support bras for each of your daughters. May a cure be found very soon.

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    1. Oh it was important that I be able to participate even if I did not have anyone currently fighting breast cancer.

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  39. Fabulous quilt, love how you personalized the bras for your daughters!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Great job. Wonderful to honor each of your daughters. The bra fabric choices are so sweet.

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    1. Thank you. The statistics are staggering really if you look at them. I enjoyed choosing fabrics and trims.

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  41. Very sweet. Great fabric choices.

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  42. Love each and every petal. Great fabric choices and the trims are perfect.

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    1. Thank you I picked the trims up first before I really decided to make the piece to the extent I did.

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  43. Wonderful idea and loved the fabrics and the sweet trim on the bras. Thanks for support those of us who have Breast .Cancer and also survived it. 10 year survior

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    1. Continued hugs and prayers for you to remain cancer free. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  44. Clever design for your petals. And good for you on keeping going with the applique even when encountering difficulties. I like how that creates new design elements that would have otherwise not been.

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    1. I totally enjoy making "art" quilts which surprised me. I love making normal ones though too. So many ideas, so little time. Thanks for the kind comment and visiting.

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  45. Colette, you made me smile with your post. Reading about your appliqué struggles nade me feel sitting next to you and also try, LOL. Five daughters, waoh, you are great. I am sometimes struggling with my 3 boys, but 5 girls, you must be superwoman!
    The idea if the flower is very creative, I like this version very much!
    So let's pray and hope that none of us will have to struggle this disease!
    Hugs

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    1. Misery loves company. I want to learn to applique and I have some bloggy friends who are fabulous at it. We are a blended family, luckily for us they were all adults when we married, but there is still a bit of sibling rivalry which goes on. We experience boys now, the youngest daughter has 3 boys from age 2 -7 they are a whole different animal.

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  46. Your design and finished piece is truly fabulous and I do hope that your family beats the odds and never had to experience breast cancer.

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    1. Not too sure if we will be that fortunate, but pray for a cure. Recently had contact from my mother's, father's family.They warned of breast,cervical, and ovarian cancers which seem to run in the family.

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  47. what a cute collection of little bras. A nice way to show them off as well as your support
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  48. what a cute collection of little bras. A nice way to show them off as well as your support
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  49. You created a one of a kind way to show support and I like it very much. Love all that quilting in your project and to make a flower was a great out of the box idea.

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment. I had to figure out a way to use 5, and I knew I didn't have time to make 7 more, and the young ones are not quite there yet with their style.

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  50. FIVE DAUGHTERS ?????!!!! Oh My Word!!! What a great idea to make 5 bras indicating each daughter's personality. Nicely done!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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    1. We are a blended family. All of the girls were grown up when we got married but we still have a bit of sibling rivalry every now and then. Love each and every one of them, even though they all make me nuts every now and then.

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  51. I can commiserate with taking pictures in the snow!! It is very difficult and you did a nice job. I think your quilt is so nice and it illustrates the statistics so well.

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    1. I thought it was funny, but pictures in the snow are very tough and not as forgiving as just some snow. Thank you for the sweet comment.

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  52. Just Love your story behind the design!! and it turned out so nice too!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  53. so cute. I love all the trim you used. well done.

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    1. Thank you very much. I had so much fun. I miss sewing for little girls used to love to add ribbons, and lace to their dresses.

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    1. Thanks I had a few challenges but I am getting a wee bit better. Practice, practice, practice.

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  55. Each and everyone is so cute. I want real lingerie that pretty. I love how you then put them all together in a flower. A circle of life and support. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I would love to have pretty lingerie like that too. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  56. I loved all your different bras. What fun that must have been - finding the special fabrics and trims. Yep, mistakes are only creative moments waiting to happen!! Your creativeness was perfect. Support the cause and the girls!

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  57. What a sweet design. Five super stylish bras, and a lovely finish.

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    1. I had fun with the fabrics and trims. Now DH wants me to hang it somewhere since I worked so much on it. ROFL.

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  58. I love all your different bras. Very clever to try and match them to your daughters' personalities.

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    1. It was pretty simple. I enjoyed working on it.

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  59. It's the story behind the quilt that means so much! What a wonderful memory quilt.

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  60. Colette...love your story and your quilt. Isn't it wonderful to go through such frustration and end up with a beautiful quilt. Great job!! Thanks for sharing your support!! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  61. What a wonderful creation! Thanks for sharing it with us. :-)

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    1. Thank you. Dh is needling me about finding a home for it. I told him that I don't think some of the family would find it appropriate. He says it is so pretty I should show it off.

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