March 05, 2019

Infinity Pillow - Text It! Blog Hop

Before I launch into today's post, I want to mention that my Blogging Anniversary Sale is still underway, through March 6th, so head on over to my Etsy shop to pick up a pattern (or several!) at 25% off 😊

With that out of the way, welcome to my stop on the Text It! blog hop, sharing the gorgeous and fun projects from Sherri Noel's new book, Text It! If this is your first time here, then an especially big welcome to you! I'd love to have you join in with my Medallion Magic QAL - we're cutting fabric right now, so you're not even behind. You can also sign up for The Bulletin, which I send to your inbox on the 16th of each month with news from here, a family favourite recipe and a collection of fun things to make. When you sign up, you'll also receive my Wind Farm quilt pattern, which is only available to subscribers.

When I first looked through Sherri's book to see what project I wanted to make, I stopped dead at the picture of her Infinity Quilt. I may have even said out loud, "That one, obviously." I chose to make the Infinity pillow sham, which is included as a variation in the book.
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
I can't wait to share the quilt on our bed, but it's still not time yet...
The reason this was such an obvious project for me to make goes back to an evening when my husband called out to me from downstairs, where he sat at his computer. When I walked into the room, he said, "I found a tattoo I want to get." I was surprised, until I saw the picture on his screen, at which point I told him that if he was getting it, then I'd get it too. This particular tattoo was perfect for us because when we were dating and writing letters or little notes to each other, we'd always sign them with X's, O's and the infinity symbol. You should know that I had never once considered getting a tattoo until that moment, but a few days later, we had matching tattoos, which was how we celebrated our 15th anniversary.
Infinity tattoo | DevotedQuilter.com
While thinking about telling the story in this post, I was surprised to realize that we've had the tattoos for almost 5 years now. Where does the time go?? We'll be celebrating our 20th anniversary in August, but I don't think there will be any tattoos involved this time 😊

I debated for a while what colours to use for the infinity symbol. I thought about using the same fabrics that are in the quilt I just finished for our bed, of which you can see a sneak peek in the picture above, but I thought that might be a bit too matchy-matchy and boring. I thought about going crazy with scraps, but I thought that might detract from the quilt too much and I really wanted the two to work together. Then I thought of using all black scraps, with the pieces the letters are on made from the same fabric as the background so it would look as much like our tattoos as possible. As you can see, that's what I went with.
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
I used Island Batik's Rice fabric for the background, which is so gorgeous, but doesn't really photograph well. There are faint streaks of blue-greens along with tiny dots of colour all over the fabric, which give the fabric a beautiful texture. You can maybe see it a tiny bit better in this picture of the envelope back of the pillow sham.
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
I used a few pieces of each of the black Island Batik fabrics I have and added a mix of other blacks from my stash for the letters and the EPP pieces that make up the infinity symbol.
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
I've never done a binding on a pillow or cushion cover before, but I love the way it frames it. This is the first time, but it likely won't be the last.

I used a scrap piece of Warm and Natural batting and the quilting is done with Aurifil 2600. My cone of 2600 is so close to empty now that I used 2024 in the bobbin because I didn't know if I'd have enough for both the top thread and the bobbin. I definitely wouldn't have had enough, so I'm glad I thought to use something different in the bobbin right from the start and saved myself from the stress of losing a game of thread chicken.

I love the texture created by quilted swirl hooks, especially with the way the light comes into our room in the morning 😍 I might need to buy or make pretty pillowcases now so our regular pillows look as nice as this decorative one.
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
A big thank you to Sherri for having me as part of this blog hop! Text it! is beautiful and I highly recommend it if you like words on your quilts 😊 You can get a signed copy of the book directly from Sherri, or you can order a copy from Amazon.

Before I send you off to see the other quilts and pillows with something to say, I have a giveaway you can enter, with two prizes. One is a copy of Text It!, which unfortunately is only available to a winner who lives in the US. The other prize, 2 large spools of Aurifil thread, will be shipped anywhere in the world. To enter, leave me a comment telling me one special way you've celebrated an anniversary or birthday and be sure to let me know if you're in the US or not so I know if you're eligible for the book prize. For additional entries, follow me on Instagram  or Facebook and leave a separate comment for each. And for one last entry, sign up for The Bulletin and leave another comment for that. I'll randomly choose the two winners on March 17th and contact them via email, so be sure your email address is either linked to your comment or include it in the comment.

Edited to say - Congratulations to the giveaway winners, wlstarn (comment #7) for the copy of the book and Carol Andrews (comment #83) for the Aurifil thread.

Remember to shop my Blogging Anniversary Sale and thanks for visiting! Feel free to pin this and share 😊
Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com
Now here's the schedule of other bloggers participating in the hop. Be sure to check out their versions of Sherri's fun designs!

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN – MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES.COM                            
SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS.COM
LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER.COM
KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM.COM
CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC.COM
DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN.BLOGSPOT.COM
TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT.COM

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT – .HANDMADE3D.ME
SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS.COM
SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS.COM

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE.BLOGSPOT.CA
PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS.COM
ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER.COM
SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER.BLOGSPOT.COM
CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME.COM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY.COM

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA.COM.AU
SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS.COM
CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH – cheryllynchquilts.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP


SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS.COM

Infinity pillow | DevotedQuilter.com

108 comments:

  1. That pillow is just perfect for you. We celebrated our younger son's 30th anniversary last week on a hamburger bar, his choice. Fun. Greetings from Norway.

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  2. This is awesome. Great story. I have a US address. I went to India last year for my 50th birthday.

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  3. Beautiful pillow love the story behind it of the tatoos.

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  4. I celebrated a milestone birthday at my daughter's high school graduation. She went to the state school for gifted/ talented and made ur through to the finish, so it was a big deal. And we already were dressed up, out of town, and having lunch st a nice restaurant, so it worked out well. So proud of her accomplishments. I am in the US.

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  5. i don't have a US address.... i celebrated my 50th birthday by throwing myself a party, and inviting my friends over. No gifts, just their presence!

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  6. Next month is our 30th anniversary. We will be closing on our house in South Carolina and moving from cold and snowy Michigan.

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  7. I don't have an anniversary. And I don't think I have ever done more than just a party for my birthday. But a good party is fun. And I almost always bake my own birthday cake because I love to bake cakes.

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  8. I follow your blog using Blogger.

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  9. I follow you on Instagram, too.

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  10. I've not done out of the ordinary anniversary celebrations, Weak yes.... this year we are celebrating by going to one of my husbands favorite places - A gun manufacturer in the West. I do live in the US ;) have a blessed day!

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  11. We celebrated an anniversary by going back to the place we went on our honeymoon. It was just as wonderful. I live in the US.

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  12. What a great story and you Obviously had to make this project, so awesome. I love the simple black and white. Please don't add me to your giveaway. :)

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  13. Cool pillow! Very neat! I've only celebrated anything with just a party, but they were fun! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  14. One year we went on a dog sled ride for my March Birthday!

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  15. Love your pillow and tattoos! We celebrated our 15th (many years ago!) by shopping for an anniversary ring for me. I lost the stone from my engagement ring a few years later so my anniversary ring is now my wedding ring. We live in Texas and I’d love to win this book!

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  16. I love everything about this pillow, including your matching tattoos! How perfect to have the pillow reflect your love. We just celebrated our 35th anniversary with a cruise...and it was a perfect getaway from the deep freeze we will in. I am in the U.S.

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  17. I am an IG follower as _duchick_

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  18. Love your pillow, looks like a wonderful book! I love to go to our local Mexican restaurant with my boys every birthday! Thank you, Susan in South Mississippi

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  19. I follow you on Facebook & Instagram! Thank you, Susan in South Mississippi

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  20. I get The Bulletin email! Thank you, Susan in South Mississippi

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  21. Game of thread chicken?? Bahaha!!! Our anniversaries are pretty low key. We usually just go out to dinner. Last year my husband took the day off and we went to the movies all day. It will be 27 years next month! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I'm in the US.

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  22. We spent the day at the coast for special birthday but it was definitely warmer then. I love the beautiful simplicity of your pillow.

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  23. I follow you on Instagram.

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  24. I am subscribed to your email Bulletin.

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  25. I saw this on instagram and loved it. Love the story behind it as well.

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  26. What a wonderful pillow! That's so cool. Our celebrations are usually kind of simple and generally have something to do with outside. Last year we went fossil hunting near our home and had a picnic.

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  27. Great tatooos....sharing is sweet! Love the pillow - special places hmmmmm...heading out camping - our first anniversary (in a pup tent) and since then always special!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  28. HUGS FROM MONTANA! Our family is spread all over the USA, so we gather together mostly at Christmas time with simple food,games+lots of talk-sharing+gift-sharing!!!Thank You for sharing a neat giveaway!

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  29. Wow, your matching tattoos are so cool! And your pillow so appropriate then! My DH and I met on St. Patricks day and always celebrate with something Irish..sometimes it's just a meal I cook, but often an Irish restaurant nearby. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area!!

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  30. Well we just have a big old pizza party for my hubs brithday. .elsie michigan

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  31. I am happily following on Instagram, from the SF Bay Area!

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  32. I have been a FB follower!! From SF Bay Area!!

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  33. I have signed up for your bulletin!

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  34. We went to Bermuda for my 60th birthday! Its a 2 hr flight form Boston, but so tropical in comparison.

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  35. Last year my husband and I celebrated our anniversary by signing the papers on our new home - we wanted to move closer to our grandchildren ��

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  36. I really can't think of any particular anniversaries or birthdays celebrated in any unusual way.

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  37. We don't really celebrate birthdays or anniversaries in my house. I do have plans for the 50th.

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  38. For my partner's birthday I made Shutterfly books with photos I had scanned. Such fun to see them again; I often find him flipping through them and sharing them with visitors. It's one of the best gifts I've ever given him, and a gift that could have come only from me.

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    1. Forgot to add that I am in Oregon, USA.

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  39. I follow you on Instagram; I'm @wordygirl11

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  40. I am signed up to receive the Bulletin, using my wordygirl at earthlink dot net address.

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  41. I just signed up for your newsletter. Every day is a celebration.

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  42. Great pillow, love that idea! Special anniversary--watched the sunrise and sunset from our house, talked about the past, present and future, holding hands, grateful for our wonderfully blessed lives.

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  43. Best birthday is one where family showed up unexpectedly to celebrate! I am in the US

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  44. We celebrated our 25th and my 50th with a surprise party planned all by my husband. An anniversary ring and necklace all with diamonds for gifts. I have the best husband ever!

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  45. I signed up for the Bulletin.

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  46. I followed you on Facebook.

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  47. On our 25th anniversary, we renewed our vows. All our children and grandchildren were with us and our son-in-law (a minister) sealed the deal! We are now at 43 years and still going strong.

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  48. I had a surprise party for my parents for their 40th anniversary. I was even able to get the lady who played the violin at their wedding come to the party and play again. It was a ton of work to do by myself but it was so worth it! They almost reached 67 years when my mom passed. USA here!

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  49. Had a lovely surprise 50th birthday party. I love the quilting on your pillow. I'm not in the US

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  50. I have subscribed to your newsletter. I love reading quilting blogs. My husband and I celebrated 26 years this year. We did go to an oldies concert. Thank you, peterstankovich@comcast.net

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  51. Your tattoos are beautiful. The best treat I had on my birthday was a spa day. I live in Canada.

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  52. I love your pillow! For our 25th anniversary, my husband bought a long arm for me.

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  53. I follow you on Instagram as ceciliaquilts. I live in the US.

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  54. Infinity Quilt was a perfect quilt for you. Maybe you should make a quilt using this pattern when your 50th Anniversary comes around. Love the pillow too!

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  55. Love your project and fabrics! We’ve only had 1 Anniversary but the 2nd is this month and we’re taking the RV out for a week to one of our favorite places. From Texas.

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  56. Love your "Love" pillow and tats. For a special treat on my birthday my husband surprised me a tanzanite ring.

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  57. Very neat tattoo and pillow sham. Our last Anniversary we went to a new restaurant for dinner and then had a horse drawn carriage ride.

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  58. I signed up for your newsletter, I'm in the US

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  59. Today is our 38th anniversary and we celebrated by updating some things on our bassboat. We are partners in bass fishing and some local tournaments. I am in the USA Love, Love your pillow!

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  60. I follow on Facebook. USA

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  61. I get your newsletter by email. I’m in Canada
    QuiltSchmilt@gmail.com
    CarolAndrews

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  62. The best anniversary was this past one. We were in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and DH saw a specialist and was accepted for an incredible new treatment. Best gift ever; the chance at a better life with improved physical mobility (DH has MS).

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  63. We celebrate the big anniversaries by traveling - this year it's Scotland and northern England! And I'm not saying which anniversary it is - too big! And and a big thank you to Aurifil for supporting all their international customers! (I'm in Canada.)

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  64. We celebrate out anniversaries by having a special dinner and visit family. The best anniversary we celebrated was when we took a trip to Hawaii!

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  65. Follow you on instagram: @minibea123!

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  66. For our 30th wedding anniversary we took a trip to Ireland, Scotland, and England. I am in the US.

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  67. I have signed up for the Bulletin.

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  68. My husband and I celebrated our twentieth anniversary by revisiting where We met and every place we had lived in the past twenty years. It was a fun trip. I live in the US. I love you pillow.

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  69. Four anniversary we always have a weekend away as close to the day as possible. It it at the end of the month so am really looking forward to a couple of days eating lovely food and relaxing with my husband. I adore the love pillow! Thank you for a great giveaway, I live in England. x

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  70. I love what you have done!
    My husband and I both have birthdays in Feb. so a few years back we decided to celebrate our birthdays and valentine's day by staying in a ritzy desert resort near Dubai. Each room had a private swimming pool. We went on a camel ride to watch the sunset and the following day we went dune bashing! Wonderful memories!
    I am from USA

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  71. For our 25th, we went to Florida that Christmas. It was the first 'fancy' trip for just the two of us! I love your cushion, and good call on the colour choices; it nicely matches your actual tattoos! You know I am one proud Canuck, but I do have a US address, and daughter there... Can't wait to see your bed quilt!!

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  72. I've been getting your newsletter for over a year now! :-)

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  73. I thought I was following you on FB, but I am not a user of it other than predominantly for Island Batik, but I am now following you there too. Happy blog-iversary too, btw. :-) I'm six this Fall!

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  74. When you have been married for 55 years in June,it’s difficult to remember the celebrations. Lots of dinners, lots of just us at home. But one special celebration included my sister and her husband, my brother, whose birthday is the day before our anniversary and his wife and my baby brother who was back at home. We ate at Keven Cosner’s restaurant in Deadwood South Dakota, it was wonderful!

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  75. i am a subscriber to your bulletin.

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  76. for our 20th anny which is in december we went to florida and it was even colder there than it was here in texas.

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  77. We tend to take a trip for just my Husband and I around our anniversary. We've been to Mexico, Jamaica, Hawaii, & New Orleans in our anniversary week in previous years.

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  78. Fabulous project. I like the fabric you used and so clever it matches your tattoos. I am in the US
    We have gone on camping trips for our anniversary.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  79. I follow you on IG as waterlily57
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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