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Today’s stop on the blog hop is Gene Black’s blog! Gene has done a great tutorial that shows you how to get the most out of a digitized file by selectively eliminating certain stitching sequences. He has taken the feathered star digitized quilting motif and created multiple offshoot designs from it by choosing which sequences to stitch and which to leave out. He is working with the feathered star shown below: …but he’s taking it to a whole new place! Check out his post by clicking here and don’t forget to enter his give away for a free downloadable digitized design from our store! I have a weakness for pin cushions, partly because they are small and cute and partly because they are so fast to make. I have been meaning to do some machine embroidery applique using hand dyed wool and bamboo felts and finally got around to it last Sunday. Is this not the most adorable pin cushion you’ve ever seen: The thing that I love about it is all the 3-D texture created by the felted portions. It’s really hard to capture that in a photo: The flower/petal pair unit is stitched in a single hooping and I merely substituted the hand dyed felts for fabric. I began with a 6 in x 6 in piece of green fabric for my background and once it had been appliqued/embroidered, I quilted it using a scrap of batting. I cut the shapes using Appli-K-Kutz dies on my Sizzix machine so that part went very fast. Here’s a shot of it once it had been quilted: I attached it to another piece of 6 in x 6 in quilted fabric and then stuffed it with poly pellet beads and voila! These make wonderful gifts for fellow quilters and sewists! Who doesn’t love a pincushion?