Finally! On Friday I accomplished one of my major goals on The Richmond Sampler - to finish the entire border. On most samplers I tend to do the border first to get it out of the way. However on this sampler, the border is probably half of the sampler and so I was working down the sides as I went for a while so that I could mix in the queen stitches with the stitching on the rest of the piece. A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to try and get the border finished before I did the rest of the sampler - the house, lawn, animals etc. It's now complete and I can move on to the fun stuff! I estimated about 2,600 queen stitches between the border and the flower baskets - I've certainly perfected my technique on those now!
Here's a photo of the bottom of the border - I've actually made more sampler progress since I took this but that will have to wait until next time.