Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Sleepover Set - A Tutorial!!!

I am so super excited to share with you this new Tutorial today!!!   When I was asked by the lovely folks at Quilting Treasures if I wanted to play with some of their new fabrics, my children just about flipped!!!!  Let's just say they are pretty big fans of  The Secret Life of Pets Fabric as well as the Minion Fabric so I knew right away that my tutorial needed to be something for them.  And what could be cuter than a Summer Sleepover Set of Quilt, Pillow, and Bag!!!

Aren't those sets just so much fun!!!!!   Yes, I think we are going to be having a few quick sleepovers before school starts so the kids can try these out :)


So . . . Let's get to how we make them!!!!

I will be showing the Tutorial using The Secret Life of Pets Fabric paired with some Sorbet Basics.   But no worries if you are a Bob, Kevin and Stuart Fan, I will share the fabrics for the Minion version at the end of the tutorial ;)


We will start with the Quilt.  For the Quilt you will need:
1 Panel - This measures 24" x 42"
1 1/3 Yards of Backing Fabric
2/3 Yard of Side Border Fbric
3/8 Yard of Binding Fabric
1/3 Yard of Border  Fabric
   I aligned the tags below with the fabrics so you can see exactly which fabrics I used for what :)

From your Side Border fabric cut (4) 6 1/2" x 21" rectangles.  From this fabric, you want to cut them horizontally or long-wise, this way the cats won't be facing side wards along the quilt ;)  So just cut your folded fabric 21" wide, and then cut the 6 1/2" strips across ;)

Then from your Binding Fabric cut (5) 2 1/2" x WOF Strips.  I like to trim the selvages from them at this time so they are ready to be put in a binding strip.  Go ahead sent set them aside ;)
And finally, from your Border Fabric cut (4) 2 1/2" x WOF Strips.  You can trim these selvages now or later when you attach them to the quilt ;)

And now, all that is left is to trim your Panel ;)  Along the two sides of your Panel, trim the excess fabric right along the edge of the white border, where it meets the "cutting" section.

Then to create the same border along the top and bottom of the panel, trim 1/2" over from the edge of the white and purple, so that you have the same size border ;)

And now the cutting is done and it is time to start sewing ;)   Grab your Side Border rectangles and place 2 with right sides together end to end and stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge to make a 6 1/2" x 42" strip.  Then repeat to make a second strip.

Press the seams in one direction.  Now place them along the sides of your panel.  This is going to help "square up" that skinny panel so we have a big enough quilt ;)

Place the Side borders along the sides of the panel with right sides together aligning the edges.  Pin if you like.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the edge of either border and then trim off the excess fabric.

Press the seam allowances outwards towards the side border.  And now you can add your skinny border.  Place your 4 Border 2 1/2" x WOF strips along the 4 sides of your quilt.

Place your two side skinny borders onto your pieced panel with right sides together aligning raw edges.   Pin if you like.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along either side and then trim the excess fabric hanging over.

Press the seam allowances outwards towards the skinny border.  And now it is just repeat on the top and bottom.

Place the top and bottom skinny border onto the pieced panel with right sides together and aligning raw edges.  Pin if you like.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the top and bottom and then trim the excess fabric.

Now just Press the seam allowances outwards towards the skinny borders.  And your quilt top is done!!!!

So now all that is left to do is Baste It, Quilt It, and Bind It!!!  Which is a whole lot in one little sentence.  If you are new to quilting, you can see my Finishing Your Quilt Series of video tutorials that will walk you through Basting, Quilting, and Binding step by step ;)

And just like that, you have an adorable 38" x 42" quilt perfect for a little summer sleepover!!!


And now, Let's move onto the Pillowcase.  For the Pillowcase you will need:
3/4 Yard of Main Pillow Fabric
1/3 Yard of Cuff Fabric
   Again, the tags show you exactly which fabrics I used for what :)

         From your Main Pillow Fabric cut a 26 1/2" x 41" rectangle.  (so 20 1/2" up on your mat with the fold aligned along the 0 horizontal line and then 26 1/2" wide ;)
           From your Cuff Fabric, cut a 11" x 41" rectangle.   (So 20 1/2" up on your mat and 11" wide ;)

Fold your Main Pillow Rectangle in half along the original fold line but with right sides together now.  This creates a 20 1/2" x 26 1/2" rectangle.  Align and Pin the 2 raw edges.  Sew a 1/2" seam along the two pinned edges.

 Now go ahead and finish those two sewn edges.   You can do this with a Serger if you have one, or use a tight Zig-Zag stitch on your domestic machine along the two sewn edges.  This will keep the edges on the inside of your pillowcase from fraying in the wash.

Now turn your pillowcase right side out and gently roll the seams outwards and press them flat.   Be sure that none of the seam is left tucked in the case.  Then go ahead and set this aside for the moment.

And now, we can move onto the cuff of the pillowcase.  Grab the 11" x 41" Cuff Rectangle and place it with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/2" seam along the short side of the fabric.

Press the seam open.  I know not everyone likes pressing seams open, but this helps to avoid bulk.

Now flip the cuff right sides out and fold it in half and press.   It helps if you match the two sides of the Original Fold and the Seam and pin them in place.  This just makes it easier to get the cuff aligned in the next step.

Now, grab your pillowcase again and slide your cuff onto the opening of the pillowcase with the raw edges of the cuff aligning with the raw edges of the pillow opening.  Align the raw edges along the sides first where the folds are and the seams.   Pin those in place first.  Then align the rest of the edges of the cuff and pillowcase and pin them in place.

Now sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge all the way around the pillowcase opening.  Backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and end of your stitching.

And once again, Finish the edge with a Serger or with a tight Zig-Zag stitch to keep the raw edge from fraying.

Now, press the seam allowance down towards the main part of the pillow case.  I found the easiest way to do this was to drape the pillow around the small end of my ironing board.

Finally, Do a topstitch 1/4" from the edge of the cuff and main part of the pillow case.  This will secure down the seam you just finished and keep it in place and just gives it a nice finish.

And all that is left is to stuff a pillow inside the Pillowcase and then maybe take a nice nap ;)


But don't drift off quite yet, because we have to make the Cinch Bag!!  For the Bag you will need:
3/8 Yard of Main Bag Fabric
3/8 Yard of Lining Fabric
1/6 Yard of Cuff & Tabs Fabric
   And once again, the tags show you exactly which fabrics I used for what :)

From each of the Main Bag Fabric and the Lining Fabric cut a 13" x 30" rectangle.   (so 15" up on your mat with the fold aligned along the 0 horizontal line and then 13" wide ;)
From the Cuff and Tab Fabric Cut a 5" x WOF Strip and then subcut it into (1) 5" x 25" strip for the Cuff and (1) 5" x 17" Strip for the Tabs

We will start with the Cuff and Tabs  Strips.  Fold them each in half and then set aside the longer strip that we will be using for the cuff.   (Well get back to that later ;)

Open the 5" x 17" strip and then fold the two sides back to the center fold line and press.

Now fold the two halves together to make your strip.  Stitch a seam 1/8" along both sides of the strip to secure the open end together and to make nice top-stitching.

Now from the Strip, cut (2) 3" long tabs.  The rest of the strip you won't need (but it could make a really cute key-fob to match your set ;)

Now, place your Bag fabric rectangle with right sides up opening it at the fold.  Fold your Tabs in half and pin them in place with raw edges aligned 1" up from the fold line of your bag.

Now place the bottom half of your Main Fabric back up onto the top half with right sides together aligning raw edges and pin it in place along the two sides.  Stitch a 1/2" seam along the pinned sides.  Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and ending of each seam.  I also back-stitched over the tabs to help secure them in place and so they will hold up with use.

Now, turn your bag right side out and roll the seam out so that there is no part of the bag left inside.  Press the seams flat.  Now set this aside so we can move onto the lining.

 Place your Lining rectangle with right sides together Aligning the raw edges along the sides and pin them in place.  The fold should be along the bottom of your rectangle.  Stitch 1/2" seam along the two pinned sides, again, backstitching along the beginning and ending of your seam.

Now, keeping the lining with right sides together, slip the Lining into the Bag, aligning the Seams and folds on the sides and the Raw Edges along the top of the bag.  And once again, you can set this aside for the moment while we work on the cuff of the Cinch Bag.

And this Cuff is a lot like the Pillow Cuff with just a few changes.  So, Grab that folded 5: x 25" strip of Cuff fabric we set aside earlier.  Open the fold and fold it in half the other way (long way) with right sides together aligning the raw edges.  Sew a 1/2" seam along the short edge.

Once again, Press this seam open.

Now, Flip your tube right side out and then Center the seam you just pressed in the middle of the tube.  Press the two sides once the seam is center.  These will match up with the two sides of your bag and be where you will add your button holes.

So now, let's mark those mentioned button holes.  Directly along either fold line you just made, Mark a button home 1 1/4" up from the bottom of the cuff and make the marking 1" long.  Remember to mark this along both fold lines, one on each side of the cuff.

Now, using your machines directions, stitch a Button Hole over the marking.

And now, we can add the cuff onto the bag.   Once again, fold your cuff in half longwise with wrong sides together and make sure the button holes are on the inside of the cuff tube.  Slide the cuff onto the Bag and Lining that you set aside with the raw edges of the cuff aligning with the raw edges of the Bag and Lining.  Be sure that you can't see those button holes once you slide your cuff on as they should be on the inside.

Now align the seams along the sides of the bag first, matching the folds of the Cuff with the Fold or Seam of the Bag/Lining and pin them in place.  Then continue to align the raw edges of the Cuff and  Bag/Lining and pin all of the layers together.

Now stitch a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge all the way around your bag opening.  Backstich at the beginning end end of your seam.

And you guessed it, Finish the raw edge around the bag opening with either a serger or a very tight Zig-Zag stitch to avoid fraying.

And now, just like the pillow, press the seam allowance down towards the main part of the bag using the end of your iron to  drape around the opening of the bag.

Finally, Do a topstitch 1/4" from the edge of the cuff and main part of the bag.  This will secure down the seam you just finished and keep it in place and just gives it a nice finish.

And all that is left is to make the Cinch Bag Cinchy ;)   To do this you will need some Parachute Cord.  I found this at JoAnn's and they have it in all different colors.

Start by cutting your Parachute Cord in half to make 2 cords.   Put a safety pin through the not cut end (ie manufacture sealed end) of one of your cords.

Holding on to the safety pin, feed the cord through a button hole on the cuff, around the entire cuff, and back out the same button hole.

Now Pull on the short end to even out the two ends of the cord and then feed them through the tab at the bottom of your bag.

Now, using the second cord, repeat the above two steps only on the other side of the bag and going through the other button hole.  They to keep the cords from crossing inside the cuff.  I found it helpful to just push the previous cord all the way to the top of the cuff and then feed this one through the bottom.

Now just simply tie the ends in a knot.  I left a generous amount of hang as shown below.  Clip the excess cording and then use a lighter to melt the edges together so they don't fray.

And all that is left is to toss a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and hair brush in and then Cinch up your Cinch Bag so you are all set to go  ;)

And there you have it!!!!   One Secret Life of Pets  Summer Sleepover Set that comes together in no time and really is so much fun to put together!!!!

And like I mentioned at the beginning, There is also a  Minion Fan version!!!! It is all the same process (except one step listed below) and I have listed all of the Fabric's I used for each part of the project following this picture :)   Have fun!!!

For the Quilt . . . .

And you will notice there are not Side Border Fabric's in the above fabrics.  That is because the Minion Panel is larger, so you can just skip that step ;)  And when you go to trim the Minion Panel, simply trim right along the edge of the Navy Border.

For the Pillowcase . . .  

And for the Cinch Bag . . .  

And there you have One Minion Summer Sleepover Set that is just as cute as the first set.

So ya, you might find you need more than one Summer Sleepover Set as well.  I think I need to make 3 more so that every little one in my house has a set and a huge smile!!!!  Whether they like The Secret Life of Pets (Cats or Dogs) or Minions, it all just ends up with total cuteness!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials and if you make your own Summer Sleepover Set I would love it see it!!!  You can email me a picture at or add it to my flickr group here or post it to social media with the hashtag #happyquiltingwithmc ;)  I can't wait to see your Summer Sleepover Sets!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping in today to share this tutorial.
I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up to Quilt Story ;) 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Teaching Times!!!

One of my most favorite parts of getting involved in this industry is the opportunity I have to teach and share my passion for quilting with fellow quilting friends ;)  I absolutely love seeing that light-bulb moment when a new technique or a design clicks with a student and their eye light up!!!  There is just such a joy in sharing and learning together.  So, I just got a bunch of new teaching engagements all lined up and I thought I would let you know so that maybe, if you are in the area, I just might see you in one of my classes ;)  

I have one more teaching opportunity this year which is a new venue for me and I am so super excited!!!!  It's . . .

QuiltFest  on Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2016 at the  Davis Conference Center, Layton UT

I will be teaching 3 classes at this fun retreat put on by the Utah Quilt Guild.  My Braided Irish Chain and Petal Pop classes actually filled up right after registration opened, but there are a few spots left in my Wonky Irish Chain class (which is one of my favorites!!!)


Then moving on to 2017 I start out the year teaching in my own home town at the . . .

Cedar Chest Quilt Guild Retreat  on Jan 25 - Jan 28, 2017 at  the Ramada Inn, Cedar City, UT

Registration just opened for this retreat and I will be teaching my two newest patterns, Corkscrew and Moroccan Lullaby.  And this retreat has the all night sew as well, my favorite!!!


And then I leave right from the Cedar Retreat all the way over to Florida and on the Oasis Cruse liner!!!!  I am so super excited!!!!  I mean we all love a vacation and time to get away, but add Quilting to that get away time . . . well that's just a little slice of Heaven!!!!!    I would just love it if you could come cruise with me :)

Scrappy and Happy Quilt Cruise on  Jan 29 - Feb 5, 2017 visiting the Eastern Caribbean

And if teaching on a cruise wasn't enough, I am so very excited to get to teach my End of the Rainbow quilt.   This is the cover quilt of my Irish Chain Quilts and if you made me pick a favorite from the book, this would be it!!!!  I just can't wait to see everyone's rainbow's come together ;)

Then it's a little break to get my land legs back and then teaching once again at a new venue for me.  And I will also have my special Ruby Jubillee Quilt hanging at this venue, so fun!!!  It's the  . . .

Gems of the Desert Quilt Show on April 13- April 15, 2017 in St. Geroge, Utah

I will be teaching some of my most popular patterns at this venue including Summer Breeze, Back to Basics, and the Braided Irish Chain quilts.  The registration will opens in November 2016 for what is sure to be an awesome retreat!!!

And then moving into the summer time, I am once again excited to be teaching at the annual  . . . 

Panguitch Quilt Walk - on  June 7 - June 10, 2017 at Panguitch High School in Panguitch UT

I am not sure what classes I will be teaching yet, but I know it is going to be so much fun!!!  This is their 19th year and they always host an awesome retreat!!!

And finally, I was totally honored to be asked to come and teach at the  . . .

Prairie Star Quilters Guild  on October 23-24, 2017 in St. Charles IL

I can't wait to meet these amazing ladies from IL and I am currently working on what I will be teaching and I can't wait to share it!!!   So much fun!!!   (And on a side note, I am even getting my sweetheart to come along with me as St. Charles isn't to far from South Bend, IN where we lived for 3 years so we are going to manage to swing by and say hi to old friends, so exciting!!!)

So that's where I will be teaching for the rest of 2016 through 2017 :)  I am just tickled and so blessed to have such wonderful opportunities to get to meet so many amazing people that share my passion for quilting ;)  I truly hope that if you are in the area of any of these venues, or just want to take a little trip, that I might get to meet you sometime in class ;)  I can't begin to express how fun it is to put faces with emails that I have chatted with over the years!!!!

And just FYI, I add other teaching opportunites throughout the year as they come up.  So the best place to see the most current "where I will be" is on the Teaching/Events tab at the top of the page ;)

And that's it for today ;)  Happy Quilting!!!!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bee Block Catch Up

I didn't have to much to catch up on, mostly July because honestly, what happened to that month??  So how about some fun bee blocks ;)

First up , some super tiny wonky star blocks ;)   These are actually part of the MQG project where several individual MQG Members are paired up to make a quilt to hang at Quilt Con.  Our group decided on wonky stars, and let me tell you, there is no exaggeration when I say these are tiny.  As in, they will finish at 2" and 2 1/4", so each of those squares in the nine patch are less than 3/4" ;)   And I know it is absolutely crazy to admit, but I actually have a whole lot of fun doing this mini piecing, I just find it so rewarding to come out with those little baby stars when I am done.   Oh, and if you are wondering how I make my Wonky Stars, you can see my Wonky Star Tutorial right here ;)   (and no, you don't have to make them this small, the tutorial covers all sizes ;)

Next up, Kim asked us to make some Spell it with Moda Blocks for her August month.  I have made one and two , Spell It With Moda Quilts, and just love making up these letters.  

In fact, I  had so much fun with these , I think it might be time to add another Spell It With Moda quilt to the list ;)

And finally, the other behind block. In July,  Stephanie asked us to make this awesome Tone It Down block that Lissa Alexandar brought back in a quilt along with All People Quilt in 2013.  I have wanted to make one of these quilts ever since, all of that wonderful low volume background is so fantastic!!!    And I have to say, even with all of those tiny pieces, I absolutely loved making this block and it went together a lot faster than I had expected it to.    This quilt has way moved up the list of quilts to make ;)    And then of course, as I was editing the photo to post it here, I realized that ya, I totally misplaced 2 of my 9 patches, and of course it is already in the mail.   I am sorry Stephanie that you will have to take out that row.   I have no idea how I didn't notice it sooner.  Ah well, gotta keep it real right ;)

And now I am all caught up and feeling great.  Can't wait for September's block to arrive (Although I have a few deadlines before then, so don't arrive to quickly :)

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!  Let's have some fun!!!!

But before we get to TTGD, First we need to announce the winner of the Splendid Sampler 50 Celebration.  The winner of the 2 books, Irish Chain Quilts  and  180 Doodle Quilting Designs  is . . .  Number #586   . . . .Congrats Jo Anne Hawks     I have emailed you.  


Now, we can move onto TTGD and of course, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of the Fat Eighth Bundle of Playground from Ollie and Evie  is . . .   Number #191 . . . Congrats  Lee!!! I have emailed you :)    


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop .    There is so much wonderful fabric variety over at Lou Lou's and did you know she also has an amazing Daily Deal!!!  Along with hosting the giveaway, Jamie is offering 10% off Store-Wide until Thursday using the code happyquilting!!!  Oh, so much fun shopping!!!

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for Gift Certificate goodness!!!  Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is offering one lucky reader a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Lou Lou's Fabric Shop!!  Now you can get exactly what you want, so fun!!!!

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me something on your quilting "To Do" list for August  :)

 ENTRY 2 - Let's welcome Lou Lou's Fabric Shop with lots of Love!!!!   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.  Or you can follow their blog or  visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Lou Lou's Fabric Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, August 16th when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, August 5, 2016

The Splendid Sampler is Celebrating 50!!!

Today is a super exciting day because The Splendid Sampler has hit the half way mark and so it's time to celebrate!!!!  If you have been following along for a while, you have seen some of my progress, but for those that are visiting for the first time, I will do a quick recap and be sure to stick around to the end because we are also having a great Giveaway to Celebrate ;)

Each Saturday (or close to that ;) this year I have posted my Splendid Sampler Progress sharing my blocks for this awesome year-long quilt along that is being hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  The blocks have been created by over 80 different designers and each have a Splendid Story to go along with them.     You can find out all the details about the Splendid Sampler here and visit the Splendid Sampler Facebook Group to see blocks from over 20,000 Quilters quilting along!!!  
The block I designed for The Splendid Sampler is called Lots of Love was actually the third block shared of this fun Quilt Along so it has been a little while since it's debut, but you can find out all about it and the bonus project I made to go along with it right here ;)  
And since that block, I have made quite a few more!!!  If you notice above, my block is all purple, and that is because I have been making Monochromatic blocks and I just love them!!!  My plan is to  add these Monochromatic blocks into a fun black and white Irish Chain setting ;)   Because you know, I love Irish Chain Quilts!!!!!    So when we get to the end of this Quilt Along, I hope to have a finished King Size quilt that will look something like this.  Isn't that so fun!!!!

And the exciting thing is, I am half way there now!!!!! Here is what halfway of my Splendid Sampler is looking like ;)   EEEkkk, I just love seeing them all together, isn't that just the prettiest rainbow of blocks!!!!   They look so small all together (finishing at 6") but that represents many wonderful Saturdays stitching away with lots of  wonderful techniques.  I think that is my favorite thing about the Splendid Sampler is that each block is so unique and so everyone is learning so much along the journey!!!!  (And please excuse the lighting in this photo, the sun was behind a cloud then wasn't, and after 30 plus minutes of chasing blocks in the wind, I decided it was going to have to do.  Gotta love the Wind in my little town :)

I can't tell you how much fun this wonderful Quilt Along has been an seeing all of these blocks together makes me so excited for the next half !!!  So Happy 50th Splendid Sampler and here is to another 50 more amazing blocks!!! 
And let's get to that Celebration Giveaway!!!  It's no surprise that I choose an Irish Chain layout for my Splendid Sampler as I have a book called Irish Chain Quilts and a signed copy is going to one lucky winner!!!  Along with that, I am also including a signed copy of the new 180 Doodle Quilting Designs ;)   You can read all about this wonderful new book right here.   Hopefully it can get some ideas sparking on how to quilt your own Splendid Sampler ;)

 So what do you have to do for your chance to win these two awesome books???  Simple . . . We are gonna run this the same way we do all of the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway's.  (For those visiting for the first time, I host a giveaway each Tuesday, you should check them out ;)   
You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment here that has the number 50 in it ;) 

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Happy Quilting love. You can follow Happy Quilting on BloglovinEmail Updates, or RSS to get daily updates.  Or you can like Happy Quilting on InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter or Flickr  Any one way will do . . . Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Happy Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until Sunday August 9th and  I will randomly select and announce a winner on along with the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Oh, and by the Way . . . If you are stopping by for the first time, Welcome!!   I am so glad you visited and hope you will come back often.  I have so much fun sharing my passion for quilting here with lots of  free tutorials (see page links at top of blog) , giveaways, fabric eye candy, and of course, general Happy Quilting times!!

And one last note, be sure to check out the other Splendid Sampler Designers celebrating this milestone.  You can find all the info and links to their posts at The Splendid Sampler.

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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