Christine asked how I made the cherry blossoms pictured in the last post.....yoyos....I just made yoyos and then....I brought the thread up from the center, looped around to the back and pulled. I did it four times to make 5 'petals'. I got the idea from here and have seen it in other places, including applique books. i used perle cotton and will use it when I sew them down on the block. Oh, and I didn't hem the yoyos, since you won't see the 'front'like they normally are.....click the underlined to see some nice normal yoyos on another blog.