Anita’s Ladybug Quilt

Anita graciously let me use one of her Ladybug quilt pictures for today’s post (Thanks, Anita!).  Anita did a superb job:


I liked how she has added the sunflower.  Go to her blog and check out her sunflower close-up.  It is GORGEOUS!

The pattern for the Ladybug quilt was offered as a Quilt-Along pattern last year.  I am leaving the pattern up on my blog for now.  Click here to access the patterns and instructions.  As always, I love seeing your Ladybug quilts.

I just started on my next project… I have had fun putting together the blocks.  Will have pictures to show you.  Meanwhile, I am going back to work.  Have a lovely day.  Blessings to you all!

 

Pat’s complete ladybug quilts

A couple of months ago, I highlighted Pat on one of my posts.  Pat is a special quilter because she quilts for charity causes.  Many of her quilts have been given to comfort children in need.  Pat completed two Ladybug in Polka Dotville (pattern available for free on this blog, and kits are available from Fat Quarter Shop) quilts before Christmas, and had sent me the following pictures.

Quilt #1:


Quilt #2:


At the time of Pat’s email to me right before Christmas, one of the quilts had already gone to a three year old little girl.  Her father also received a Quilts of Valor quilt due to injury in the war.

I am so touched to see quilters taking the initiative to bless others with their talents.  I maintain that quilters are some of the sweetest people!  Perhaps  we can encourage the quilters we know in our life with a sweet note of encouragement this week, and let them know they are appreciated.

Curious mind wants to know:

1.  if you plan to make a quilt (or two) this year for charity causes

2.  if you know of other charity venues to which quilters can donate their quilts.  Feel free to share about your experiences!

Pat’s Ladybugs in Polka Dotville

I am always excited to receive pictures of quilts made from my designs.  Pat of Colorado is a special lady.  She makes quilts to give to children from background of troubled homes.  When she came across my Ladybug Quilt-Along, she wrote and told me she’s making not one but two quilts to bless two children in need.


And she knows how to pamper her ladybugs by adding the flowers on their “playground”:


The flowers made such special touches to the quilt tops.  VERY well done, Pat!  Pat does not have a blog.  I hope you would leave comments here for Pat and let her know you appreciate her kindness in reaching out to those in need.

p.s.  Kits for this quilt-along are available from Fat Quarter Shop.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 7


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Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

Finally, the ladies are ready for show! Before you do anything else, click Lady Bug Pattern to down the pdf file for the ladybug pattern pieces.

We left off with this in the last Ladybugs in Polka Dotville Quilt-Along post:


We will be adding the ladies!!!


You will need for the multi-color colorway:


You will need for the pink/purple colorway:


Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Important Note: By all means, use the method of your choice to applique the ladybugs. The pdf pattern comes with a 1/4″ seam allowance for those who are turning under for the applique. My instructions are for fusible applique.

Step 1: With a light box, trace the applique pattern pieces on the reverse side of your printout.


Step 2: Trace the reverse applique pattern pieces onto the paper side of fusible. I use Steam-A-Seam2 by Warm Company. It works really well for me.


Step 3: “Gut” the traced applique shape by cutting away the fusible inside of the traced line, leaving about 1/4″ or less on the inside edge of the traced line.


Step 4: Remove the paper backing (the side that is not traced), and attach and fuse the sticky side to the wrong side of fabric. Cut out the exact shape of applique pieces following the traced line. Note: Use black dot on red fabric for applique pieces C & D, and black fabric for applique pieces for A & B.

Step 5: Arrange the applique pieces on the pieced quilt background. Play with the poses of your ladies!! Fuse in place. Finish with either a satin stitch or buttonhole stitch! You may applique as many ladies as you wish on the pieced quilt top! And you are DONE!!!

[I decided to use a black with white design fabric for the body to give my ladies a bit more interest.]


This has been a fun quilt-along. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Send me pictures of your progress wherever you are – I am anxious to see them!!! Do go over to Facebook and become RJR Fabrics’ friend, would you? I hope you would also express your appreciation to the wonderful RJR people for sponsoring this quilt-along!

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 6

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Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

This is where we left off last week… Hello Friends, how are you? I hope you are doing well on this Friday. We are just about there…


Part 6: We will add the rest of the borders to complete the pieced quilt top.


You will need for the multi-color colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise from white dots on navy fabric

4 x 1 1/2″ x 42″ strips

Cut two of the strips into 1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″ strips, save the leftovers.

Use the leftovers to piece with the remaining two 1 1/2″ x 42″ strips to make two 1 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ strips.

Step 2:

Sew the 1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″ strips to the short sides of the quilt center.


Sew the 1 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ strips to the remaining opposite sides.

Step 3:

Cut lengthwise from multi-color dot fabric

2 x 3 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ strips

2 x 3 1/2″ x 44 1/2″ strips

Step 4:

Sew the 3 1/2″ x 42 1/2″ strips to the long side of the quilt center


Sew the remaining 3 1/2″ x 44″ 1/2″ strips onto the remaining sides.


Voila! I hope you have enjoyed this quilt-along. Have you checked out RJR’s Facebook page lately? Mosey on over to Facebook and become RJR Fabrics’ friend, would you? They also have a Flickr page for you to share your progress pictures.

All we have left are the ladybugs applique. Please note that there won’t be a post on the instructions next Friday. The ladybug applique instructions will be posted two Fridays from now.

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Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts posted a picture of her progress – love her choice of fabrics.

 

 

Christine of Crafty Girlz Creations showed her black and white rendition of the quilt. Very cool!

 

 

 

Eileen of Ladybug Lovelies is doing a mini version in that the block size is reduced by half . But look at the Betty Boop corner blocks – they are a hoot! :)

Do send me your progress pictures if you have them. I would love to see them. Meanwhile, I hope you have a lovely weekend! Till next time!

p.s. Curious mind wants to know what you like about ladybugs.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 5

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NEWS FLASH, my friends! Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

Part 5: More colors coming up!  This is a big week for us in the Polka Dotville!

You will need for the multi-color colorway (minus the navy blue)-

You will need for the pink/purple colorway (minus the purple) –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

For this part, you may use the method of your choice to construct the blocks if you have a favorite way of doing things.  Just remember the blocks in the pieced border ought to finish at 4″.

Step 1 :

Cut from white polka dots on green fabric

4 4-1/2″ squares.  Set aside.

Step 2 – Constructing HST’s units:

(i) Cut from white polka dots on green

2 5″ squares

Cut from white polka dots on black

2 5″ squares

(ii) Draw a diagonal line on the back of a green square.  Place it right side together with a black square.  Pin away from the drawn line.  Sew 1/4″ away from and on both sides of the drawn line.

(iii) Cut along the drawn line.  Open and press.  Line up the 45 degree line of the ruler  along the seam on the right side of the square.  Trim to measure 4-1/2″ on each side.  Make a total of four HST units.

Step 3 – Constructing HST/QST combo units:

(i) Cut from white polka dots on green,

2 5″ square (draw a diagonal line across on the wrong side)

1 5-1/2″ square

Cut from white polka dots on black,

1 5-1/2″ square

(ii) Take the 5-1/2″ squares and make 2 HST units like we did in step 2.

(iii) Now, take one HST unit made in (ii) and place right sides together with one 5″ green square.  You will noticed that the 5″ green square would be slightly smaller than the HST unit.  Don’t worry about that.  Like we did before, sew 1/4″ away from and on both sides of the drawn line.  Cut on drawn line.  Open and press.  When trimming with ruler, this time, you have to line up the 45 degree line, and make sure that the 4 1/2″ marks are at both the green/black seam line as shown in picture.  Trim to measure 4-1/2″ on all sides.  Make a total of 4 units.

I pressed the seams open to reduce bulk when sewing the blocks together later.

(iv)  You will now repeat for the other colors, making the number of blocks as shown in the following diagram.  Arrange and sew the blocks together to complete the second pieced border on this quilt top.

[Note:  I think you would have some extra blocks – you might use them for the back!]

Do let me know how you are coming along in your progress.  I am sorry I don’t have this second pieced border all done for this week’s post.  I have been working on meeting deadlines for some special projects.  So, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me.

Have you checked out RJR’s Facebook page lately? Mosey on over to Facebook and become RJR Fabrics’ friend, would you?  They also have a Flickr page for you to share your progress pictures.

Curious mind wants to know:  Are you going to have any personalization on this quilt?   If so, how are you going to do it?  Thanks for being my quilting buddy – I will see you again next week!

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 4

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NEWS FLASH, my friends!  Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

I hope you have had a good week, and also a good time quilting along this Quilt-Along!  I have loved seeing all the colors coming together.  Black is a great color to use when you are trying to bring all the colors together, as you will see in this installment of the Quilt-Along.

Part 4: We are using black to “frame” in the colored squares you pieced together last week.

You will need for the multicolor colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, four 1-1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Cut sections off two of the strips into two 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 32 1/2″. So, now you have two 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ and two 1-1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1-1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center.  Again, I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top.

Step 4:

Sew the pieces together.  Repeat for the other short end of the quilt center.

Open up the strips, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Sew one 1 1/2″ x 32 1/2″ strip to each side of long sides of the quilt center.  Open up the strips, finger press and press with a hot iron.

And you are finished for this week!  We will have a big week next week getting the next pieced border onto the quilt top, and then, we will be on the home stretch!  Wherever you are in your progress, I hope you take a moment to share it with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

This is how mine is looking so far… how does yours look?  Notice how the black on both sides of the pieced colored squares sort of “pen in” the squares so that your eyes are drawn to look at the colored squares.

Here is a fun fact on ladybugs for you:  their average life span is 1-2 years.  I didn’t know they live that long, to be quite honest.

Before I leave, curious mind wants to know what projects you have going on besides the ladybugs.  Mine includes: magazine projects, Miss Baby’s fall dresses, Civil War Bride Quilt, and a few heirloom needlework projects.

Happy Quilting, everyone!  I shall see you again next week.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 3

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Hello Friends, I hope you have had a good week.  It’s time for part 3 of our Quilt-along.  So without further ado… but before proceeding further, your quilt center now should look something like this:

Part 3:  We will be adding the colorful squares around the black sashing from part 2.  COLORS will start popping up all over the place now.

You will need for the multi-color colorway –

You will need for the pink/purple colorway –

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:  For green, red, yellow, orange and navy polka dot fabrics, cut widthwise from each fabric one 2 1/2″ x 42″ strip.

Recut from green strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from red strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from yellow strip, 11 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from orange strip, 1o 2-1/2″ squares

Recut from navy strip, 9 2-1/2″ squares


Step 2: Piece the squares together into two  separate “chains” according to the diagram below.

Sew each chain to the two opposite short sides of the quilt center.

Step 3:  Now piece the rest of the squares into another two separate “chains” as shown in the diagram below.

Sew the chains to the remaining two opposite sides.

And I pronounce you DONE for part 3! :)

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Other related happenings:

1.  Here is a picture of how mine is looking so far…


2.  I just received word from Pat of Colorado that she just received her fabrics.  Pat said, “I’ll likely end up making more then one of these because there are just too many kids out there who need a bright spot in their day, and this would really fill the bill! ”  The kids she is talking about are those in Kids in Crisis.  I think Pat is an absolute gem!

3.  Christine has some cool fabrics picked out for her project.  Check them out here.

I don’t have a fun fact for you this time, but do have a cool shopping site
where you can shop for all things ladybugs!


How is your progress coming along?  If you have progress pictures to show, do send them along to me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net or send me a link to your blog.  I would love to share with others how you are doing. :)  Meanwhile, HAPPY LADYBUG-GING!  Till next time.

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 2

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Hello, my dear Quilt-along-ers! I hope my post finds you well. I have heard from several they are still waiting on fabrics. So, I thought I would just do a mini Part 2 for the latest instructions so that everyone gets a chance to catch up.

Part 2: We are adding the white on black polka dots sashing strips around the what we made in Part 1.

You will need for the multi-color colorway:

You will need for the pink/purple colorway:

Or fabric of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will need to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway or the colorway of your choice****

Step 1:

Cut widthwise, three 1 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

Step 2:

Recut one of the strips into two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strips. Cut sections off the other two strips so that they measure at 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″. So, now you have two 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ and two 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips.

Step 3:

Take one of the 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip and pin to the short end of the quilt center. I like to leave the part with all the seam allowances on the top if I can possibly help it. That way, I ensure that they are all nice and smooth after I sew my strip onto the quilt top. Sometimes seam allowances get flipped and would end up in the wrong directions if they are placed on the bottom. I have heard that fork pins help eliminate that problem, but I haven’t tried using them yet.

This is how I pin. I find it easier to feed my fabric pieces if they are pinned this way. This is a trick my friend Wanda (a fellow Quilt-along-er) had shown me a couple of years ago, and I have loved it. My favorite pins when piecing are these and these:

Step 4:

Stitch. I like to use my piecing stitch on my Bernina (#326 on my Artista 640E) to piece instead of the default straight stitch. The stitch length for the piecing stitch I use is 2. If you don’t have a patchwork piecing stitch already set for you on your machine. You can easily reduce the stitch length on your regular straight stitch slightly shorter than the default stitching length.

Open up the strip, finger press and press with a hot iron.

Step 5:

Add the other 1 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ strip to the other short side.

Add the 1 1/2″ x 26 1/2″ strips to the remaining sides of the quilt center. Finger and iron press after adding each strip.

That was pretty fun, wasn’t it?  Please remember to share your pictures with the wonderful people at RJR on Facebook and Flickr.

Now, how about a ladybug fact?

“During the Middle Ages, swarms of pests were destroying crops, so farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, for help. Soon after, ladybugs came and ate the bad pests and saved the crops. The farmers called these bugs, “Beetles of Our Lady” and they eventually became known as “ladybugs”.” – from http://ladybugsite.homestead.com/

That’s it for now, my friends!  Have a lovely weekend.

I did my Quilt-along homework & fabrics!

Hello Friends,

I completed part I of the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville Quilt-along! I am really liking the bright and cheerful look! Here is a “bird’s eye view”:

Here’s a close-up:

How is your progress coming along? I know that some of you are still waiting for your fabrics to arrive. Meanwhile, it’s not too late to join in the Quilt-Along Fun. Click here for more information:

Meanwhile, fabrics and more fabrics are trickling my way. These are from RJR‘s latest “Anything but the Kitchen Sink” and “Jinny Beyer’s Palette” for a tablerunner project featured in American Patchwork & Quilting next year.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day!!

Ladybugs in Polka Dotville: Part 1

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Hello Everyone,

Let’s get down to this business of polka dotting, shall we? I am so excited about this quilt-along, and am even more excited about my dear friend Wanda who currently lives thousands of miles away from me is joining the fun!

I know that most of us have more than one quilt project going on at any given time. So, I have tried to split up the construction of this quilt into easy to manage portions (I hope!). I will be showing you exactly how I construct all my quilt tops. There is no one correct way to do things in quilting. So, feel free to use whatever method you like.

Part 1: We will be constructing the main playground for the ladybugs in the first part of the quilt along:

You will need for the multi-color colorway —

You will need for the pink/purple colorway —

Or fabrics of your choice!

**** please note that my instructions are for the multi-color colorway, you will have to adjust the fabrics for the pink/purple colorway****

Step 1: I pre-wash all my fabrics prior using Orvus. I know there are different schools of thought on the topic of pre-washing. My quilting teacher drilled into my little pea brain to always pre-wash my fabrics. That’s why I do it.

Step 2: From the green polka dot fabric, cut 60 2 1/2″ squares.

i) I would fold my fabric matching selvage edges, and trim off the fuzzies. Notice how I lined up my bottom edge against the markings on the ruler.

ii) After I trimmed off the fuzzies, I gingerly flipped the fabric over so that the trimmed edge is on my left hand side. I then cut the fabric widthwise four 2 1/2″ x 42″ strips.

iii) From the strips, recut 60 2 1/2″ squares.

Step 3: Use your ruler to draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of the green polka dot squares. Notice how one of the edges matches up with the 45 degree line on the ruler.

Step 4: The cutting process will be the same as mentioned for the green polka dot fabric. So, I shall not belabor the points. From the multi-color big dots, cut lengthwise three 4 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ strips, recut into 30 4 1/2″ squares. This cutting scheme is for continuous border strips.

If you are piecing your borders, you would cut your fabric widthwise four 4 1/2″ x 42″ strips, and recut the strips into 30 4 1/2″ squares.

Step 5: Line up a green 2 1/2″ square, right sides together, with the corner of a multi-color square. Pin on both sides of the drawn line.

Sew on drawn line.

Step 6: Open up the green polka dot triangle to match the corner of the multicolor square, and finger press. Then press with the iron to set the shape.

Step 7: Flip the triangle back. Trim 1/4″ away from the sewn line. Now you are half way there.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 &6 at the corner diagonal from the one you were on to complete the block.

Step 8: Take a break and enjoy the following Ladybug Fun Facts!

Ladybugs are cold blooded, and they hibernate during the winter season in clusters to conserve heat.

Ladybugs are a great natural pesticide as they eat nasty bugs like aphids.

Ladybugs are the state insect for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Delaware and Tennessee.

Step 9: Make 29 more blocks. Sew 5 blocks in a row, make a total of 6 rows. Sew rows together. And you will be ready for Part 2!  Meanwhile, mosey on over to Facebook and become RJR Fabrics’ friend, would you?  They also have a Flickr page for you to share your progress pictures.  I look forward to seeing your work.

Thanks for being my quilting buddy. I hope you will have fun making these. I would love to hear your thoughts. Have a great weekend.

Ladybug in Polka Dotville: Housekeeping

Good day, Friends! Are you ready for some polka-dotting fun? Let’s start off with Ladybug Fun Fact #2, shall we? Here we go… A gallon jug could hold anywhere between 72,000 and 80,000 ladybugs. I don’t know about you. I would find that just a little too eeeeky!

Due to the length, I am dividing this post into sections:

1. Frequently Asked Questions

2. How this Quilt-Along is going to work

3. Finished Size

4. Supplies List for Multi-color colorway

5. Supplies List for Pink/Purple colorway

6. Where to get the fabrics?

7. Miscellaneous

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1. Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use my own fabric choices?

A: Absolutely! Use your imagination! You are encouraged to use the fabrics from RJR‘s Crazy for Dots and Stripes if you are to replicate exactly the look of the original quilt.

(updated 10/7/2010) NEWS FLASH, my friends! Fat Quarter Shop is now carrying kits for the Ladybugs in Polka Dotville in the multi-color colorway!

Q: Can I work on the quilt at my own pace?

A: Absolutely. You may join in anytime and work at your own pace. The instructions are given out each week in deference to the over-achievers! ;)


2. How this Quilt-Along works

As alluded in the previous section, instructions to piece the quilt will be posted every Friday starting from 9/3/2010 in manageable sections (hopefully). Please note that instructions will be given based on the Multi-color colorway – you will have to adjust the instructions given to the pink/purpler colorway.

Share your progress with RJR and post images on RJR’s Facebook page as you quilt along.


Send progress pictures to me at wendy2@wendysheppard.net so that I can post about your creations-in-progress from time to time. Share your triumphs, trials and tribulations, or just plain thoughts with others while working on this Quilt-Along by commenting on any of the Quilt-Along posts.

Blog about this project if you have a blog.


3. Finished size – 44″ x 48″


4. Supplies list for MULTI-COLOR Colorway (SKU#’s of fabrics are included)


1/4 yard – Black large dots on red (8175-3), Black solid (9617-34), Navy/white dots (8174-51), Yellow/white dots (8174-101), Orange/white dots (8174-111), Red/white dots (8174-41)

5/8 yard – Green/white dots (8174-81)

1 yard – Black/white dots (8174-61), includes binding strips cut widthwise

1 yard (for pieced border) or 1-3/8 yards (for continuous border) – Multicolor large dots (8172-3)

48″ x 52″ backing fabric

48″ x 52″ batting

Paper-backed Fusible for applique

Basic sewing supplies


5. Supplies list for PINK/PURPLE Colorway (SKU#’s of fabrics are included)

1/4 yard – Black large dots on pink (8175-4), Black solid (9617-37), Pink/white dots (8174-21), Yellow/white dots (8174-101), Orange/white dots (8174-111)

1/2 yard – White on green dots (8174-81), Green on white dots (8174-8)

5/8 yard – Purple/white dots (8174-71)

1 yard – Brown/white dots (8172-121)

1/2 yard (pieced border) or 1-3/8 yard (continuous border) – Green/purple large dots (8172-8)

48″ x 52″ backing fabric

48″ x 52″ batting

Paper-backed Fusible for applique

Basic sewing supplies


6. Where to get fabrics

Your best bet is Fat Quarter Shop.

www.quiltshops.com is also a great place to search for the fabrics.

7. Miscellaneous

This pattern is made available for your personal use only. You are free to link back to this site when referencing any information. Please do not reproduce in any way without written permission from me.

I will see you on 9/3/2010! Thanks for stopping by.