Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Handstitched & Curves Class Encores!

As promised, I'm offering both my 2012 classes again early 2013!  Today I'm releasing all the details for your planning purposes.  Registration for both classes opens January 1st. 

I have recently reread the exit surveys on Curves Class and Handstitched with an eye for areas of possible improvement.  I'll be making small changes to both classes, mainly in the form of removing a few not-as-popular projects for new projects based on your suggestions.  So, that's my task this December (you know, other than making gifts).  Maybe I'll share a few peaks of the new projects in the weeks to come.  I'm excited! 

::Curves Class::

"In the past you may have been intimidated by tight little curved seams, even downright petrified by curvy quilt blocks and more than a little skeptical that a curvy outlook could be in your stitchy future.   That all ends now.  No longer shall ye be limited to the straight edge.  No longer shall ye look with fear upon that which inspires you..."

Yep, that still sums it up!   As a quilter it's easy to get oh-so-comfortable with straight line sewing (which is golden!) that you believe the naughty little voice that whispers "curves are too hard."  They're not!  I promise!  Let me hold your hand through this 5-week course which caters to both the beginner and intermediate curves sewist.  Weeks 1-4 we'll cover Basic Curves, Improv Curves, Precise Curves and Advanced Curves with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Week 5 we'll celebrate with full on quilts.  Yes!

Here's a bit more detail on what we'll cover each week with a project preview...

Scallop Bunting Project

Week 1:  Basic Curves - Truly, really basic.  So basic that you beginners are most welcome to join in.  If you've sewn 3 or so projects (of any kind) you should have the basic sewing know-how to get a ton out of this class!  And for those of you that are already comfy with the most simple curved sewing, I do have a "challenge" level project that first week to keep you on your toes. 

Rainbow Road project

Week 2:  Improv Curves - This stuff needn't be hard.  By the time you finish this week I think you'll be seeing a whole new world of curvy possibilities. All three of these projects are super fun to make.  It's going to be hard to choose - you'll see!  Yes, your enthusiasm is building and your confidence is running high so we'll continue on to...

Scallop Quilt project

Week 3:  Precise Curves - Let's tackle them head on.  We'll start off with that curvy classic - the drunkard's path - and then move on to a mod curved block of my own creation.  There's a fancy challenge project this week too.  If you go that route, you'll know you can sew any curve darn well with precision.

Slices mat project

Week 4:  Advanced Curves - Yes, I'm partial to improv piecing. It's really fun and funky and makes for such an original creation.  We'll learn some new techniques this week and what you can and cannot do with improv cutting.  (Because knowing what you cannot do can really save some fabric, let me tell you...) We'll also learn how to draft precise curve patterns so you'll be able to move forward with your own designs.


Week 5:  Curvy Quilts - It's time to create your masterpiece!  The class will include detailed tutorials for two quilt designs, Oodalolly and Wheel Quilt, with links to my free tutorials for finishing your quilt (ie. basting, quilting, binding) at your leisure.

::Handstitched::

We are modern sewists, and we do so love that sewing machine.  But, actually, there are still beautiful effects that are best realized needle in hand.  There's also something simply delicious and inexplicably relaxing about the slow, steady pace of handwork.  I hope you'll consider joining me for some slow stitching, making beauty stitch by stitch, and developing new skills piece by beautiful piece.

I'm pleased to invite you to a 9-week online class, spanning January 14th through March 15th.   It's 5 weeks of instruction alternating with 4 weeks of "space", allowing you room to enjoy each stitch.  All instruction is delivered via a separate password protected blog that allows you to access the lessons at your leisure, with posts delivered day to day during instruction weeks.

Handstitched class quilt

Handstitched starts at the very beginning discussing needles, knots and threads.  First-time sewists can enjoy one project per week that's designed to be sewing-machine free and super easy.  Each week we'll focus on one category of handwork moving from Reverse Applique through Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Applique and Hand Quilting with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Because of the variety of projects, this class is suitable for beginners to intermediate sewists. 

Handstitched encore

Quilters will love that each week one of those projects is an installment in a handstitched masterpiece, the Modern Medallion quilt.  This special quilt is best for the intermediate quilter, who has some experience with rotary cutting and piecing.  I don't recommend this as a first quilt, because we'll be using so many techniques and it would become overwhelming.  If you've made 2-3 quilts before, so that you have basic quilting skills, then you'll really enjoy this one!  And, you'll love bringing so many new techniques to your quilting!

Here's a bit more detail on what we'll cover each week with a project preview...

Eyelet Needlebook project

Week 1:  Reverse Applique - Think of applique as a simple way to achieve any shape you desire. With reverse applique, the shape emerges by layering two fabrics and cutting away the top fabric to reveal what's underneath. Much easier to master than patchwork piecing, applique also allows for unbroken backgrounds and unbroken prints with no distracting seams (see the Dogwood Blossom at the center of our class quilt).  I love that!  This week we'll be using felt, knit jersey and quilting cottons for reverse applique.  Projects will cover raw edge and turned-under edge reverse applique.  And, no, it's not needle-turn applique. I'll show you an easier way!

Sashiko coasters project

Week 3:  Embroidery - Throughout the entire class you'll be learning basic skills essential to hand sewing such as which needle to use, what threads to consider, and basic stitches including the back stitch, running stitch, French knot, blanket stitch and whipstitch.  In this week we'll focus on techniques unique to embroidery such as options for transferring patterns, as well as experiment with using embroidery to label quilts.  You'll also be taught some special embroidery stitches such as satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, herringbone and eyelet stitch.  Plus, it's your chance to finally try Sashiko embroidery!

 Star Blossom project

Week 5:  English Paper Piecing - Patchwork addicts, like myself, are always charmed by the perfect points and difficult seams made simple by English paper piecing.  This method of patchwork is entirely handstitched with the use of paper printouts that establish perfect geometric shapes.

offset Star Blossomblock

I've designed an original English paper piecing motif, my "Star Blossom", which makes a large hexagon block.  There's also one project that combines this technique with embroidery and applique! Fun, fun.

Loop de doo project

Week 7:  Applique - In "regular" applique, as opposed to reverse applique, the desired shape is layered over a background fabric.  I'll show you how to use fusibles to simplify applique and make it more durable.  In addition to applique with fabrics, the Loop de doo project works with continuous lines.

Loop de doo...

Ok, I'll confess, I'm entirely smitten with this skirt.  You can use this simple technique to embellish any hem (skirt or dress) or even a tablecloth.  Oh, the possibilities!

Modern Medallion quilting

Week 9:  Hand quilting -  Learn all the ropes to hand quilting, from hiding those knots to using a thimble.  I'll be demonstrating all hand quilting with pearl cotton, that chunky, luminous thread that we modern quilters love.  One project is designed to hone neat, even stitches.  Otherwise we'll be experimenting with how to use hand quilting to add beauty or make a strong statement for your quilts or patchwork.

Orange peel hand quilting

::My Class Formats::

All classes are delivered via password protected blogs.  I love this format because with a blog you have access to the class at any time and from anywhere, with an interactive format that allows me to publicly answer questions.  Blog posts go up regularly as the class progresses.  Students are also encouraged to use a free Flickr account to upload photos of their projects to the Stitched in Color flickr group.  This group is a great way to see what others are making, form friendships and ask questions of your fellow students in the discussion threads!

With both Curves and Handstitched, you can choose from 3 class levels.  The super affordable Basic Class includes everything you're used to seeing from me in the way of detailed, step-by-step picture-packed tutorials and access to all projects at $35/$45.  The Premium Class adds extra helpful (and time-intensive) features like videos and a PDF eBook of the course (delivered at class conclusion) at $55/$65.  And then there is a smaller, more exclusive Camp for folks that want it all, plus lots of interaction, more of a community feeling and the give and take encouragement you'd experience in a real in-person class.   There will be one Curves Camp and one Handstitched Camp, each capped at 20 students (er, campers) at $85.  We'll get to know each other via weekly live chats and you'll earn "merit badges" for completed class projects.  Yep, it's corny, and I love it!  If you earn 5 merit badges (one from each week of class) for projects completed within 30 days after the last lesson, I'll be sending you a little something handmade by me as a souvenir of Camp.  I love that part!

There is an early registration discount of $10 for Basic and Premium levels, only applicable during the first week of registration.  So, plan ahead!

Your access to the class blog will remain open 45 days after the last day of class, during which time I will continue answering questions.  After those 45 days, the blog will be closed and you will no longer be able to login.  This provides much-need motivation for us to get everything we can out of the class in real time, rather than leaving it open ended for "someday."  Remember, if you buy the Premium or Camp versions, you'll have an eBook for your continued reference, so you can still enjoy any projects you missed!

::Summary::

Registration for both class opens on January 1st.

Please choose just one class!  I promise - you wouldn't be able to be active in both classes simultaneously. My classes are chock full with lots of material to make them worth your time and money. 

Curves Class (5 week course) runs January 14th through February 13th.  New material is posted day to day in this class, with weekly themes:  Basic Curves, Improv Curves, Precise Curves, Advanced Curves, Curvy Quilts.

Handstitched Class (9 week course, 5 weeks of instruction) runs January 14th through March 15th.  New material is posted day to day during instruction weeks, which alternate with weeks "off" to work at your stitching.  Weekly themes:  Reverse Applique, Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Applique, Hand Quilting.

Questions?  Comments?  I hope you'll be thinking about making plans to join in!

Psst.. for those of you hoping and waiting for a new class from me, I have grand ideas stewing.  I plan to release a new class to run late August 2013 and into the fall.  So.... you've got plenty of time to take Curves or Handstitched.   Hope that helps!

52 comments:

  1. Yeay, looking forward to the curves class! Handstitched-class was fantastic!

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    1. Ha! I think we were typing the same thing at the same time!

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  2. Oh, I do need to learn how to do curvy things. And your Handstitched class was fantastic. Any hints about the future class? Pretty please?

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    1. Oh, I'm keeping the future class underwraps for now =) I do have lots of ideas, but at this point I could still change everything!

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  3. I so loved the Handstitched class. I'm hoping to have the holiday funds for Curves!

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  4. I am so looking forward to curves class! Hand stitched was great and I learnt a lot!!! What a great way to begin the new year and occupy some summer holidays!

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  5. I am IN for curves. I MUST make an Oodalolly. I will make an Oodalolly.

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  6. I took both classes and thought they were great. I am not very experienced a sewer and I found the instructios were easy to follow ((but took practice). I recommend both classes.

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  7. Can't wait for Curves, I need Curves help!!!! Hope I get a place, roll on Jan 1st.

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  8. I loved Handstitched!! It was a great class. Wish I could do Curves but the timing for me isn't quite doable... hopefully you'll offer it again sometime!!

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    1. Oh, sorry about that, Carmen. I'm so glad you liked Handstitched, though. Hopefully you like my ideas for the fall class this next year =)

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  9. I'm going to have to decide which class to pick...I loved the projects I saw from the last round of Handstitched, but I'm intrigued by the Curves class. I guess I have a few weeks to figure it out, though.

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  10. I have watched handstiched projects going up all over the interwebs and it's time for me to go go go. I'm fwding this to my family buy for me for Christmas :-)

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  11. Hi Rachel, for the camp, how are the live chats setup? Skype? What is the timing like - I have two little ones, so I'm trying to see if it would be feasible for me to attend this round. . .

    Thanks! Caroline

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    1. From my experience with Skype, it can be somewhat unreliable. With so many campers, I don't think it's the best route (though I could be convinced, feel free to talk to me about that). We've used a program called Chatroll instead. It's just typing, not voice or video. But, we can all talk at the same time, so there are usually several conversation threads happening. It's fun!

      I always contact my campers to discuss what would be the best time for chats. Thursdays at 9pm New York time (U.S. Eastern Time) has so far been a good choice, but I'm flexible. If you're in North America, the timing should work well. If you're in Australia or Europe, check the difference in time zones. The chats will definitely be a weeknight evening in North America. That tends to be morning or noon in Australia, for example.

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  12. Yay!I really enjoyed the Handstitched Class, and can't wait to take the Curves Class this time! :D

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  13. I'm planning on taking the Curves premium class. You mentioned videos and PDF Ebook. I'm curious of how intensive the PDF is? Also, are the videos part of the timed course only or something we can download to use later?

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    1. Oooh, good question! You will be able to access the videos via the pdf. So, they are yours permanently if you buy the Premium or Camp versions! How intensive is the eBook? Well, it's all the posts that have instructive material (which is virtually all the posts). It does not included post comments. The eBook has a linked table of contents and links at the end of each post to get you back to the table of contents. It has all the printables included and links to watch the video. Each of the books is over 225 pages.

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  14. Your Handstitched class was amazing. I am still working on my quilt.... but I am ready to sign up for the Curves Class. Scallop Bunting just love it! How many month until the next summer party?

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  15. I don't know which one to choose!!! :(
    All the comments on the Handstitching are fabulous... but I soooo need to improve my Curves...
    Will you be giving these in the future so I join one this time and then the next time, Rachel? Say YES, pleeeease :D

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    1. Well, whether I'll repeat any classes again is kind of up in the air at the moment. I'll have to see how this encore edition is attended to see if it's worth my while to repeat classes as opposed to create new ones. Sorry I can't give a clear answer!

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  16. Is there a cap of 20 just for campers, or for all the levels? I'd love to do the curve premiums but I know I'm not lucky enough to be in the first 20.

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    1. The cap is 20 for each camp (so 20 Handstitched Campers and 20 Curves Campers). If all goes as planned, then each camp will have their own weekly chats. The other classes, Basic and Premium, do allow more than 20 students!

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  17. Yay I'm so excited about the curves class.
    I did the handstitched and loved it.
    I'm still plugging away at it.

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  18. Oh - I'm excited! I've been looking forward to the handstitch class. Is the Thursday at 9 EST fairly set? I'd really like to do camper class, but I'm still working then :(

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    1. Liz, would a different night of the week work for you at that time? Let's talk via email =)

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  19. I enjoyed Handstitched so much, I can't wait for Curves to start!

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  20. Do you have elves that sew for you at night or do you have four arms? Either way you are a one woman quilting machine!
    Good luck with the courses xx

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  21. Ohhh no! It is in the winter months, boooo. I am a CPA, so it is tax season and I'll have to opt out. Can you keep me on the mailing list though for future classes, in case they are at a different time of the year?

    These classes both look GREAT! I want to take them BOTH. Maybe you can turn them into crafty text books with videos and an open forum for discussion for anyone that owns the book. I would DEFINITELY pay $100+ for something like that, especially because I know that your instruction is so good.

    Thanks Rachel!

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  22. Will you be offering the handstitched class at any other time of the year? It sounds like something I am really interested in but the timing is off for me. Thanks!

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  23. Perfect! I just finished up my Modern Medallion two days ago and I'm setting up a google reminder to sign up for the curves class now!

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  24. I loved curves camp! I did learn things, but mostly I got a shot of confidence which has helped me go on sewing curves. It's a great (albeit jampacked!) class.

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  25. The curves class looks like just what I need to tackle some curvy patches I've considered, but shied away from.

    I'm curious whether the class is stash friendly? I have lots of yummy fabric to draw on, but I don't know how much the projects depend on certain kinds of fabric or rulers or whatever?

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    1. There are no special specific rulersabsolutely required for the class. However, for cutting improv curves you'll want some kind of smaller square ruler to do your best work. I usually grab a 4.5" square ruler, but if I'm cutting a really small curve a 2.5" might be good or a 6.5" for a really big curve. As I said, smallish square is the important part, not the actual size.

      You don't need any special presser feet or anything.

      As far as stash friendly, many of the projects could be made from stash or scraps, absolutely. However, the larger projects - the quilts - would create needs mostly for solids. It depends which quilts you choose to do! The Oodalolly quilt is easiest to do with jelly rolls (I used several Kona solids jelly rolls). And the Scallop quilt has a large negative space section that takes some yardage, for example.

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  26. Hi Rachel,
    I've been dying to join your handstitched class, and I really want to do the camp version, but being in France, 9pm US time is 3am here. Will there only be one chat time a week? Does it look like there'd be an earlier time? Like 5 or 6pm, or even a morning time? If not, premium will just have to do! Thanks so much for offering these great classes. I hope to do the curves one in the future if you still offer it!

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    1. Cass, Personally I could do a morning time or 5 or 6 pm. I'm very flexible. The problem will be if some members of camp work and cannot make those times no matter which day of the week we choose. I'm quite willing to do the work to talk to all the campers and find a mutual time.

      I suggest that you (and anyone worried about chat times) buy the Camp version. Let me know about your chat limitations (ex. in your case - latest chat 6 pm Eastern Time). I'll do the work after registration to see if we can find a good time for everyone. If we cannot, I'd absolutely refund the difference between Camp and Premium on request, so long as the request is made before class starts on January 13th. This gives us the chance to try to make it work! Until I know who the campers are (where they live, their work hours), it's just not possible to nail anything down. But, at least this makes it a possibility for you, since the chat time is the only thing holding you back!

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  27. I've just emailed the link to the Curves Class to my daughter, who, earlier today, was wondering what she could possibly get me for Christmas. Was that a bit forward of me? haha

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she takes the really big and obvious hint.

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  28. I loved Handstitched too, I have a few friends planning on signing up in January so I'll probably be working on handquilting my modern medallion along with them once it comes out of it's shipping box. I'm moving overseas 1st Feb so am without a machine and will be hoping for a further iteration of Curves later in the year...

    Good luck with the classes I'm sure they will be fabulous.

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  29. Hi Rachel,
    I'm really interested in your classes. My mom took your hand stitched class and loved it. I just can't decide between the two - are you going to give any more sneak peeks at the projects? It seems like the curves class projects ar mostly quilts - are there any smaller projects? Just trying to figure out which would be best for me! Also, will you be selling supply kits like you did for the last handstitched class?
    Thanks!

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    1. There won't be much more in the way of sneak peaks, but I'm happy to list some more curves class small projects: 2 pillows, sewn notecards, potholders and a pieced journal cover. I won't be selling a supply kit for Handstitched this time. Suck kits will only be available for original releases of classes. But, the Curves Class encore WILL include a coupon to purchase the Retro Flowers pattern for $5, a coupon offered with the original Curves Class.

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  30. I took the curves class the first time around (LOVED it, by the way - went from totally afraid of curves to "NO problem! I love curves!") and am wondering about the new projects. Any deals for returning students?

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    1. If any students who previously took Curves Class would like access to the 2 new projects for learning to draft curves, please contact me directly. For a $5 fee, I will give you those new projects via email (Basic level students) or via the updated eBook (Premium and Camp level students). Please provide the email address you would have used to purchase the original Curves Class in 2012. After confirming your status, I'll bill you $5 via Paypal. Both items will be ready to distribute near the end of January. I apologize for the $5 fee, but this could be very time-consuming to confirm and distribute, hence the nominal coverage for my time. Thanks!

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  31. I am really looking forward to taking your handstich class!! Do you give any suggestions on fabric choice for the medallion quilt? I'm not entirely confident in my ability to pick fabrics that go.

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    1. Yes, I have just finished working on a new, large section on choosing fabrics for the Modern Medallion. You'll find that info in the "Supplies" post which will be up on the private class blog as soon as you gain access, right after registration. So, you should be able to view that Jan 1st or 2nd!

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    2. Oh wonderful!! I am really looking forward to this and it's perfect timing! I'm due with my second in may so this will be a sort of last hurrah in quilting before what few hours I have to myself each days turns into nothing for at least six months! Lol

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  32. Okay I've finally decided. At least I think I have. I want to be able to hand quilt but I also want to be able to sew curves which terrify me. I know I can buy that foot that is supposed to work but I'm 100% certain that your way is so much better. I know you said not to do both and I have bought fabric for the Handstitch class but .....

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  33. How much fabric do we need to join the curves class? I don't live anywhere near a fabric store and have to plan way ahead to get fabric shipped... some guidelines would be awesome!

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    1. Well, how much fabric you need definitely depends upon which fabrics you choose to make. I'll contact you directly to discuss!

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  34. Hi, what time does the registration open on the 1st? I am in the UK, and I don't want to miss it. Thanks

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    1. Sure. Well, I have to wake up and get to my computer and do the deed. It can't be scheduled, unfortunately. I anticipate it'll be about 8 am EST. I believe we're 5 hours after the UK. So, it may be around 2 pm your time on the 1st. Good luck!

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