I also have a notion - actually a repurpose - but one that I use almost everyday. It has been with me for years and the last four years in my sewing room. I recently saw these at Wal Mart for $10.
In honor of - ugh!!! some may say - all the snow that everyone seems to have, I have included a bit of whimsy - Snow Ladies - that I have been working on. The patterns are from Chickadee Hollow and I just finished the bottom one. I am embroidering these a "little differently", as I am ironing fusible fleece to the back of my muslin, after transferring the pattern, and before embroidery. Perhaps you can see that this seems to give the blocks a little texture, and there is no need to use an embroidery hoop. Love this look so thought I would share.
Stay warm in your soft cozy world and sew a little to chase away those winter blues. Happiness on your journey from Judy C.