Thursday, November 14, 2013

Deseret Beehive Block Featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 8

Welcome blog hoppers!

I'm so happy it's finally my day on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 8 blog hop! And even more excited to share my block with you. And to give you the opportunity to win a copy of Volume 8 from Quiltmaker Magazine! And guess what? I'm also giving away two additional copies myself!

Edited to add:  I randomly picked the three winners -- Jacklyn Grimm of WI, Sherry Book of IA, and Donna Cutting of Saskatchewan, Canada.  Congratulations! And thanks to all for stopping by and commenting!

http://www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks.html

Ta da! Here it is -- my beehive block named Deseret (which means honeybee). The instructions in Quiltmaker give you details for traditionally piecing the block with "sew and  flip" corners. Easy peasy!


The beehive is the state symbol here in Utah and I have always been fascinated with its shape and significance. When Brigham Young and the pioneers first arrived in the SLC valley in 1847, they chose the beehive as their symbol because they would have to be industrious and busy bees in order to make the desert "blossom as a rose".

I began collecting beehive memorabilia back in the 80s -- such as ceramic honey pots, folk art with beehives, you name it! Back then it was hard to find beehive tchotchkes, but soon you could find beehive stuff everywhere. (Did I start a trend? Probably not.) It wasn't long until I was receiving beehive-themed birthday and Christmas gifts. So now I have quite the collection. I even spotted a cloissoné beehive ornament while visiting Beijing, China a couple years ago. Yep, I bought it.

Well, back to quilting. Wanna see how I set this block into a quilt? Here's the first quilt I made featuring this block -- totally from scraps and stash. It finishes 48-1/2 inches square. This one was quilted by Catherine Timmons (Cat's Attic Quilting in Bountiful, UT) with a simple overall stipple.


I knew that not everyone gravitates toward dark and medium traditional fabrics like I do, so I also made the quilt using fabrics from a couple collections by Fig Tree. It's a bit less scrappy and I planned the placement of the fabrics in the setting blocks a little more precisely. I love how it turned out, even if beehives aren't supposed to be light green! This version was quilted by Sue Baddley using a digital design.

One thing you need to know about the beehive blocks in the quilts above. Unlike the instructions in the magazine, I didn't add a background strip along the bottom of the block. Instead I doubled the size of the background strip at the top of the block. I felt like it "floated" within the chain blocks more evenly

Here's one last variation -- but I increased the beehive block from 12 inches to 30 inches and created a medallion quilt -- complete with honeycomb hexagons and embroidered honeybees. This quilt finishes 68.5 inches square.


I think that the gold/tan and black jewel box blocks in the pieced border look like a bit like the iconic honeybee.This quilt was custom machine quilted by Jen Alexander. Here's a close-up of the quilting and the honeybee embroidery.


Be sure to follow the 100 Blocks Blog Tour through Nov. 15 at The Quiltmaker Blog Quilty Pleasures for inspiration, ideas, and giveaways galore! (I'm giving away a copy of my book Triple-Play Scrap Quilting, along with a color-themed 10-inch square pack of fabrics as part of Quiltmaker's prizes.)

TO WIN ONE OF THREE COPIES OF QUILTMAKER'S 100 BLOCKS VOLUME 8 (one from Quiltmaker or one of two I'm giving away): Simply leave a comment below! Deadline for entries is Nov. 16th at midnight. I'll do the random drawing on Nov. 17th and will notify the winner by e-mail. If you're the lucky winner I'll be asking for your mailing address so Quiltmaker can send you your copy of the special issue.

I invite you to become a follower on my Bountiful Heirlooms Facebook page so you are notified when a new blog post goes live.

Good luck everyone -- and thanks for visiting.

210 comments:

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Hanke said...

I love the bees, nice block! Thanks for the chance.

Anita said...

I love your beehive, and it looks especially good in the scrappy quilt version!

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

What a great beehive block! Being a
"member"...I may need this someday!

Beth said...

Thanks for showing the many different versions. The medallion is my favorite, and it would be great to make one to honor my pioneer ancestors.

Jeanne said...



Cute block and love those bees also.

Rosa said...

Gorgeous blocks and the last one with hexies is my fav.

Sunnybec said...

Love your block! Especially in the gold and tan colour. Thanks for the giveaway. Linda

Donna Coffey said...

Love your block! Thanks for the chance to win in the giveaway!

Margaret Finnimore said...

Love your block and the embroidery really sets off the quilt and adds to the design. Congratulations on being included in the magazine and I can't wait to receive my copy.

Narelle said...

Adorable block!
I especially like the larger version with hexi honeycomb :)

Michele said...

Love seeing all the possibilities for your block. And thanks for sharing how you made your block float!

delaineelliott said...

Your quilts are very creative. You are talented.

KaHolly said...

I am in love with this block!! As a more traditional quilter, and a naturalist, it really has appeal!!

Gill said...

Great block - I love the quilting and the stitched bees too!

Fiesta said...

Nancy your block will be perfect for a spring quilt.

Along the Perkiomen said...

Love the bee hive, bees are always my favorite for all they do for my garden!

Sue McPeak said...

Congrats on your block being included in QM's Vol. 8. Thanks for the chance to win a copy...I look forward to making your block. Thanks for showing all the different color ways and layouts...inspirational.
Sue CollectInTexas Gal collectintexas@gmail.com

LizD4400 said...

I love the way you embroidered the bees onto your blocks! They totally complete the block. Beautiful!

MissM said...

I love gardening so this is a perfect block to include in my quilt block collection. Love the medallion quilt.

kt said...

Great block! Love seeing it made up in different fabrics and settings. Love how you embroidered the bees on the medallion version! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa Marie said...

I love seeing the different ways to use your block. Thanks for the chance to win the magazine -- it looks like a good one!

bluenines said...

I like all the different color ways that you have used, happy sewing

Elaine Howard said...

I like the fact your block has a history lesson. The scrappy version is my favorite, and appropriate to the pioneers who would have used every scrap to make quilts.

Pat said...

Love your block and how you can use it in many different settings. Also enjoyed the info about the beehive and the state of Utah.

Lee said...

I. am . in. love.! I adore bees and their hives and also collect! This is my favorite block - congratulations! The medallion block w/ the embroidered bees is lovely! Congrats again and thank you for the lovely giveaway. I am a new follower!

Nanbon44 said...

the bee hive block is so cute, love the bee touch

Bernie said...

Nice block. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

I really really love all the settings of your beehives. Very clever!

Vivian said...

Love your bees! And your block, very cute.

sandi said...

I visited part of Utah in Oct. and it was a beautiful place. Your beehive block is lovely and looks wonderful in your quilts. Thanks for a chance to win.

B. J. Woodlee said...

Your Bee Hive Block is great. I really liked all the quilts you created. I am a pastel girl so I liked that one best! Congrats on having your block in QM's magazine. thanks for chance to win!

Dee said...

The log cabins really set off the bee blocks - way adorable.

Dana Gaffney said...

Your block is so cute, I love the hexies added, it does look like a honeycomb.

Debbie Rhodes said...

This would be a great block for some "bee" buttons I have Hoarded.. thanks.. can't wait to get the magazine

Pat Wade said...

My college symbol was the beehive. This would be a good block for that.
patwade@cox.net

Deborah Stone said...

The embroidered bees are a HOOT! Love this block.

Maryjo said...

Darling block...love the bees that are quilted into it! Altho I do not necessarily gravitate toward dark fabric...I think your first quilt really makes the blocks pop! Congrats on making the magazine:)

29820a10-3a35-11e2-8d1d-000bcdcb471e said...

What a wonderful block - of the many my fav is the medillion - the embroidery just adds so much fun - plus like the smaller size..Some cute bee buttons would sure spark it along...
Great Block - & thanks for the chance...
MaryLou
Fun4Me1249@aol.com

Deborah DeBerry said...

I really like your beehive block, and I especially like it in the scrappy version. The quilting on the tan one is awesome.

Judy said...

Love your bee hive block! I want to make one.

Beth at Quilting Hottie Haven said...

I just love your dark/medium scrappy version. Great job!

Linda Sanford said...

Cute block. I like the embroidered bees. Now I have one more thing to add to my quilting list! Include some embroidery in the open spaces on my quilt! Lindasquilting@yahoo.com

TheStylishHome said...

Your first one is my favorite! I commented the same thing on the sponsors page that featured you :D I guess I gravitate towards the darker tones as well! I do like the larger 30" block too! Thanks for the tip about the strip at the top. That would have been super frustrating! LOL

bertiequilts said...

Just "liked" you on FB.. love your block and the front cover of your book looks really interesting as I love circles on quilts. thanks for the giveaway.

Miz Karen said...

The beehives are cute. I like the one done in greens.

Jennifer said...

I love your block! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine.

Sylvie said...

What a very creative block! I love it. Congratulations!

MadHatter said...

Congratulations for your block being included in the new issue of Quiltmaker 100 ! Cute block.
Thanks for chance to win a copy of Issue #8.

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

The beehives and log cabins would be a great stash buster! svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

MarchAnn said...

You Beehive is so cute. I am a new quilter and haven't tried something like this yet but it will be on my list of things to try. Great Block by a great quilter.

annmarie said...

Such a fun block and your settings are so cute. Thanks.

Dorothy G said...

Congratulations on having your block published. Such a pretty block. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of the magazine.

Karen Pryce said...

Always great to see a variety of settings to see how you as the block designer was inspired.

Martina said...

Such a cute block! Love it in the spring colors too!

Cathy B said...

Great block, congratulations on having it in the magazine!thanks for the giveaway chance! blaukat@hickorytech.net

Unknown said...

Great block for using up scraps

Rachel said...

Thanks for a chance to win :)

claire said...

Your beehive is adorable. Thanks for a chance.

lotsofteapots said...

This looks like a lot of fun!

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

Congrats on being published - your Deseret Beehive is great & I love the different ways you put it into quilts. Thanks so much for the chance to win! :)

Paula Dalby said...

I love Beehives too, and also live in Utah. I'm not a native, but have been here 30 years now, so it's definitely home. Imagine how excited I was to see my friend and neighbor's name in your Blog. I live two doors down from Jen Alexander and am always in awe of her amazing quilting skills. Congrats on making it into the book and thanks so much for hosting the giveaway.
utahoosier at yahoo dot com

Jacklynn said...

Cute bee block - I really like the hand embroidered bees flying around! Thanks for the give away!

Kristy Moffat said...

Love your block! So clever - makes me almost want to move back to Utah!

Ruth Wohlgemuth said...

Behive block is really nice

arlette said...

I love the bees, nice block, love the second picture!!!!

Quilting with Pugs said...

Cute

Lee Ann L. said...

Love bees and beehives! This is gorgeous beehive block! Love the last quilt version with the hexagons -- which is honeycomb to me!

Thank you for a chance to win.

Garnet said...

Very cute block with lots of possible uses.

Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational ideas and giving us the chance to win

TC in Idaho said...

Thank you for the giveaway, and congrats on your block which I love. I think the scrappy one is my favorite. mtish44@yahoo.com

GranChris said...

This will be a must do on my list!

Linda said...

Cute beehive block. I like it best in the darker fabrics.

Jackie said...

cute behives!

Margo Scott said...

Love your block in the darker colors!

Dawn Frisch said...

Your beehive block is so cute! I love all of the versions of it too. Congrats on it being in the magazine! Woo Hoo!
Happy quilting,
Dawn
array-dawn@cox.net

tdimi77 said...

Thanks for doing this giveaway!! I especially like how the third variation of the quilt turned out!! I Love green.. and the middle of the quilt looks really nice! tyned@hotmail.com

Jeanette Smith said...

I like the block a lot!!

Carla said...

What a lovely blocks they aal are!

Thank you!

Carla ( from the Netherlands)

Kathy Pfaltzgraff said...

Great job making a beehive look so realistic, and the quilt designs are classy, especially the medallion one. Thanks, Kathy

Barbe said...

sweet sweet block, lol it is really cute, would love good in gold and yellows in my kitchen, hmmm.....

JANET said...

Cute block! I like the quilt also.

Susan Wilkerson said...

I love the bee hive!! I think a cute little brown bear would go just fine with it for a little boy! Thank you for the chance to win this great book!

banjo795 said...

I like the traditional dark and medium colors in your first one.

SherryB said...

Thanks for teaching me about bee hives...I didn't know all that! We just took a trip out West this spring & went through Utah--beautiful country. Congrats on your block making it into this issue!

Debbie said...

I love your block! Thanks

Kathryn Knox said...

Hi! Congratulations! Love your block, it's so different and pretty. I think the lap quilt is pretty and like the color combinations.

KT said...

Love the bees...perfect for my wish he was a bee farmer BIL!

suz said...

This is a great block. I love behive patterns and this is perfect! The embroidered bees in the quilting are so brilliant!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a cute block!! Love how the quilting enhances the block. And the bees are perfect!

vwlady said...

I like the little bees buzzing around the hive...great block!

Barbara Mead said...

Oh my goodness. I bought all this material to make a bumble bee quilt and needed something else for the off blocks and your block is just perfect.

darla dishman said...

Congrats on being in the magazine. I love the block, so cute I showed it to my mother of 89, and she said it reminded her of when she was growing up and her dad had bee hives also. Thanks for the chance to win.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love the bees as well. I'm a little hooked on hexies right now so this one is right up my alley.

The Village Queen said...

Very cute, and like the bees you added! Thanks for the chance.

Susan Paxton said...

Love your Beehive Quilts...As I am here in Utah I am anxious to try your block. I live in Holden. I just started to quilt in 2012. I have made 11 quilt tops and finished 6 of them so far. I have 3 quilt tops in process at the moment. Love your blog!!

Jitka said...

Fun block. alive. Thanks for sharing.

virgdale said...

just spent alot of time in your area. Love the cute beehive!! Nice blog!!

Ellen said...

Such a cute beehive block. Love the different colors you made it in.

Deb said...

My son is a beekeeper, so I, of course, notice everything to do with bees these days!! Love your honeycomb quilt. And..my name Deborah means BEE!

JanineMarie said...

What fun variations for settings!

allierae said...

I really like this block - good job!

Susan said...

Cute block. Nice job.

Quilting Tangent said...

Nice bee hive.
24Tangent@gmail.com

Elaine said...

I love the beehive block!

SoccerMom said...

I love your block and the many examples you showed of ways to use it. As a fellow Utahn, I really enjoyed the beehive theme. Great job!

Mary said...

As a Woman with a great Pioneer heritage, I LOVE THIS BLOCK! Thanks for sharing a bit of the history with the world of quilting through the QM 100 Blocks issues.

dolls5000a said...

love your block

AnnieBikes said...

My husband is a beekeeper and he loved these blocks! THanks for giving us the opportunity to win the magazine.

Kathy H said...

I love the beehive patterns. ANd I like the different colors you used too.

Joanna said...

Deseret is a very sweet block and looks great in your quilt designs.

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Your block is definitely a winner! Thanks for the giveaway.

Regina said...

Since I am the "Queen Bee" in my crafting, I love love love this beehive!!!

Big Martha said...

Oh I love blocks that are nature oriented. It looks lovely and the HoneyBee embroidery is perfect

Marly said...

Nice block especially in honey colours. Thanks for the history lesson; it's interesting how groups of people choose their emblems, isn't it?

Mel said...

Very interesting information. I enjoyed reading it. When I first looked at your block, I thought it was one of those children's stacking toys. If it was done in primary colors, it would make a terrific baby quilt.

~Kris~ said...

I love the scrappy version of your quilt, esp. with the log cabin style border.

pbfab said...

Love scrappy quilts, cute beehive block!

Texana said...

Love the embroidered bees on your block...super cute. Thanks for a chance to win.

Judy1522 said...

I really like your beehive block and the embroidered bees are adorable.

Louise said...

I love your block and the variations, especially the darker colors. Bees are so important. I wasn't aware that Deseret meant "bees".

ritainalaska said...

your beehive block make a great quilt ... love your little buzzing bee embroidery!

Joyce Carter said...

I love the block and the quilts you made using it. It is hard to pick out a favorite. The embroidered bees are really cute and a very nice touch. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

suzannejeanflaro said...

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! I love the Bee Block!

Kathy Sue said...

I love this block and the history is fascinating. Thank you. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Madeline said...

I love scraps too, and I gravitate toward the traditonal dark and light. So I like your first beehive 4-block the best.

JoyceLM said...

Love your beehive block - all the sample quilts are lovely. Thanks.

Quilter Kathy said...

Such a creative block! I have made one quilt with bees as a theme but I have some gardening blocks that would be happy in a quilt with this block! Can't wait to see the magazine!

Marca said...

I like the first quilt the best. The darks and lights are the colors I would choose.

Sandy said...

I really do love seeing all the variations and options that can be done with these blocks!

Sallie said...

Honey of a block! Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

Super block! Love bees and bee hives!

PatchworkRose said...

Nancy Love your Block. A close friend was an apiarist for many years and I have collected many of his stone pottery honey jars.

Cynthia H said...

Adorable block!!

Ruth said...

Your block is wonderful and I love the first quilt you made with the black squares marching across diagonally with the traditional fabrics.

Vicki H said...

I like the first quilt best but all of them are wonderful. I want to make a beehive for my daughters kitchen.

Lynn Markley said...

Wow I love your beehive quilt block. Congrats on being included in the 100 blocks.

Julie in WA said...

Cute block, and I learned something new! I have shopped at the Deseret thrift store, knowing it was run by the Mormon Church, but I did not know the meaning of the word 'deseret' nor its significance to the Mormon people until today!

Linda Christianson said...

Cute idea, but I think I am hungry for cake, I see the beehive made into a wedding cake to mark the date.

Constance Hendryx said...

Nice block! I love the original one with the traditional dark/light colors...

Carrie P. said...

what a fun block and the quilts are so great. thanks for a chance.

bstew said...

Enjoyed your blog...thought your Crossed Laurels on black was stunning....must try this Misty Fuse....Loved the bee hives too..

Tami C said...

Congratulations for being published! I really like Desert. I find the few and flip so easy to do. I really like like the quilt you designed using your block using the dark and medium traditional fabrics! I am a scrappy quilter so this really is right up my alley! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lorri Schuller said...

than you for the chance to win

Sandra said...

Nice block. Grats on being in the magazine.

syvisser@gmail(dot)com

darlene said...

Your block is very attractive. I can't decide whether I like the first or the last one better.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I'm loving your beeshive block, have to have the book for that pattern so I can make a beehivet for my hubby the bee keeper.

Margaret said...

I love your beehive. Thanks for sharing your block and congrats on being in the magazine. Keeping my fingers cross to win a copy of your book and the magazine.

Nancy Sue said...

Now I see what all the "buzz" is about!!! Your block!!!! Love the stitched bees and their flight lines!
Congrats on Vol. 8!

Marianne Dunn said...

I like the k
large medallion block. Our friends just started working with bees and harvesting honey.

Sally Heilinger said...

I love your block. I just bought a beehive shaped sugar bowl and it is so cute. Maybe I'll start collecting too!!

Sharon Green said...

I love the block, now I have a bee in my bonnet to make a medallion quilt with it. Thanks for sharing your talent!!

Linda H said...

Great block. I LOVE the last quilt, with such a lovely border... Thanks for the chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks

MissPat said...

As a gardener, I certainly applaud your choice of the beehive for your block. We need to encourage those honeybees every way we can.

MaryBeth said...

Cool block. I especially like the darker colorway.

Donna Joy said...

I like the medallion block, it is fun to add embroidery and those honeycomb hexies are fabulous. thanks for sharing all the different variations.

Juels said...

Congratulations on your block being in the latest issue! And thanks for the giveaway.

Rachell said...

hello, fellow Utahn! nice to meet you! this is very unique. I love the different quilt designs using the beehive, and the hexie honeycombs are perfect!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shan Fawcett said...

Great block! I particularly like the little bees on the larger quilt.

Susan said...

This is so darn cute and those little bees a buzzin' around~a really sweet design! Would love to win and thank you for the chance!

wendy said...

Cute block and little buzzin' bee's. Thanks for a chance!

Joan H. said...

Your block is great. I especially like the medallion version.

Elizabeth said...

Oh, those little bees are sooo cute. They really add something to the block.

Back Porch Extras said...

I love Beehives and your bees are so cute. Congrats on getting your block in Vol. 8!

Donna said...

Very nice block. I've always liked beehives! Did not know it was the state symbol of Utah.

Audrey said...

A sweet block. I love the incorporation of the hexies and the jewel box blocks.

Marcia said...

Very cute beehive with the bees buzzing around!! Thanks for a chance to win:)

Lisa said...

I love your giant bee hive quilt.. I have some bee fabric that would be perfect to put his on!

Maureen Williamson said...

What a grea block! Love it! Thanks for a chance at the give-away.
Maureen
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Andresa Strahm said...

So cute... perfect gift for a honeybee keeper I know.

Littlelongos said...

These are awesome!

Angelia Lanouette said...

I love your beehive block! I also gravitate toward dark and medium traditional fabrics. The embroidered bees in your medallion quilt add the perfect touch. Congratulations and Thank You for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

WoolenSails said...

I love the different versions, something for everyone and the scrap piece is perfect to whittle down our stashes.

Debbie

sandy said...

Very cute bee hive and I like how it can be used in so many ways in a quilt.

Lori said...

congrats on being published. your block is wonderful. I especially love the little bees, so cute, such a great addition. thanks for sharing and for the give a way.

Annie said...

I loved seeing the close up of the quilting on the medallion set quilt.

Stephanie said...

Lovely and whimsical. May your block bring good karma to the bees all around the world!

Rose92 said...

I like the darker scrappy beehive.

Cecilia said...

Very cute block! I like the different ways you used your block in quilts. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on being included in the magazine.

Donna Daughrity said...

I love, love, love the embroidered bees on the quilt! Lovely! And fun!

Quilter In Paradise said...

Beehive, just another name for a quilting group! Love the block , thanks!

pharmgirl75 said...

I love the detail in the medallion quilt. The quilting of the beehive is perfect!

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I really love the dark fabrics and the embroidered bees too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a neat block, lovely! I think I'll think of you now when I see a bee hive, hehe. I never knew anyone that collected them before. Congratulations on having your block included in Vol.8, Quiltmaker's 100.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Debbie said...

Love the beehive!

Carol Wilhoit said...

Nice layouts of your hive!

Marion Kersnick said...

A very cute block & like all the different quilt designs that incorporate this block!

Kimberly Baum said...

I am totally in love with the Deseret Beehive block! I will be making this soon for a friend of mine. I find all of you quilting beautiful. I am a beginner/intermediate quilter & enjoy finding new sites. Thank you for sharing....

dcFfLy80wJbYSTL0EVonGf_lvA-- said...

The quilting that you showed really enhances the block! ll_gee (at) hotmail dot com

LorY Aymond said...

I love the medallion quilt with the bee embroidery and the hexies. It combines all the things that I am into right now!

Walter said...

I love anything bees. thks for the block and giveaway.

corina said...

The beehives are lovely and the honeybee embroidery really adds the perfect touch!

Elizabeth L said...

My daughter loves Winnie the Pooh.... a beehive like this would be PERFECT on a Pooh quilt!

Pat V. said...

Very fun block. The medallion setting is wonderful!

kbo said...

What cute additions to add to your collection, each so different.

Cat said...

This is a really fun block. some of my family are farmers and I know how important bees are to the process. Thanks for this block.

Andee said...

Cute beehive! :)

Kim said...

Love your block! Thanks for the chance to win!

Stitches said...

I love the embroidered bees, they add such a nice touch..

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I love the bee hive--adorable!

Gwen Wehner said...

Fun block! Thanks for the inspiration!

DarleneT said...

Great quilting. I love the honeybees!

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