Thanks everyone for the kind comments from last week. And Lynn - there is a slight odour left from the vinegar, then I rinsed in cold water and it disappeared. And my thread isn't shredding so I'm very happy about that.
On the hand stitching front, I joined a campaign to make quilt blocks to send to people in Fort McMurray who have lost their homes. This one is sponsored by the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and you can learn more about it here and here. They are asking for 12.5" unfinished maple leaf blocks. I've enlisted the help of Buttons and the Perfectionist as well and we'll pool our blocks to send them together.
I started with these two blocks
My Winter Wonderland is coming along, slowly but surely. It's getting quite wrinkly - the creases will iron out. The fabric is so big that I roll the stitched portion both to protect it and keep it out of my way.