That is much easier that I thought it would be. The Custom Layout template is awesome!
I tried your suggestion with query posts, but didn't quite get the look I wanted. I wanted larger images. I used your suggestion for the Custom Layout Template, but with the Featured Content widget, each with just one post so the page doesn't have too much going on. This works great! Looks awesome!
I was able to get everything just how I wanted it in Firefox and Chrome, but after I got it all fine tuned I checked it in Safari and half the Featured Content posts are missing.I set up the Custom Layout Template with Widget areas of two columns. The two columns work fine because my text widgets still show up on each side. But all the Featured Post widgets on the right side don't show up.
Please let me know what might be causing this. Or if you could share with me something like Firefox's and Google's Inspect Element tools for Safari that'd be helpful too.http://dev.weeklyscrapper.com/suffusion-test