Hello, dear friends:As you read this From the Cutting Room Floor, Africa…Full Speed Ahead, is either in full swing (full speed ahead!) or has come to a close for another year. Our all-time-favorite shop hop has returned in 2019…the 20th anniversary, but the 19th Off the Beaten Path…a Quilter’s Safari is full speed ahead after a year’s furlough. The Safari headquarters has relocated from JLC to Grandma’s Attic Sewing Emporium in Dallas. They have designed this year’s quilt, are coordinating the event and hopefully you’ll find the same excitement, enthusiasm, dedication and extraordinary prize-per-capita to delight you in your travels to some unique Oregon quilt shops. We are always hoping you are able to “do” our Quilter’s Safari…and that you enjoy a most wonderful journey. It’s delightful to have shops with such a variety of presentation. Something for everyone! It’s the loveliest time to travel the roads of Oregon! If you are really lucky, you will encounter Eunice P. Fogbottom, QL (Quilting Lady) along the way. Eunice is one of our favorite shop hoppers (Safari’s mascot) and enjoys the title of Director of Gottalottafabric Tours. She loves to share some of her finds along the way. Prizes donated by our wonderful suppliers in the quilting industry will be distributed to participating shops within a couple of weeks after the Safari closing on May 11. Congratulations to all of our winners! Many thanks to our suppliers of prizes!!Certified Judy Niemeyer instructors Shirley Scott and Cindy McEntee team up once again to present a myriad of classes exploring the perfect way to learn Judy Niemeyer’s paper piecing techniques.All of us addicted to the Judy Niemeyer method of paper piecing have been watching the progress of our students’ projects as their renderings of a great variety of Judy’s designs blossom into quilt tops extraordinaire. We hope to excite you as much as we have become. One of the special delights is there’s no going wrong with any fabric choice you might decide upon. If you are already addicted, but like the opportunity to have Cindy available for snaggles, be sure to take advantage of our Judy! Judy!! Judy!!! (J3) offerings throughout the year. Cindy has done such an exemplary job of taking over this special hands-on class that Janni and I started so many years ago. It’s always fun to see which Judy Niemeyer pattern “J3 students” are working on.