After a full year of painfully slow progress on this piece, I seem to be experiencing a burst of speed. The blue flowers are done and I have finished stitching the spiral border. I am rapidly approaching a final finish and I am not quite sure how I feel about that. This sampler has lived in my current stitching bag since Fall of 2012. It'll feel odd not to have it there any longer. Odd but, ultimately, satisfying. I have decided to stitch a 2015 in the lower right corner, replacing some of the spiral border, which is a bit of a bore. It didn't break my heart to do a few less repeats of the twisting ribbons of satin stitches. The first photo you see is the whole of Band 7 and the second photo is a close-up of the right block of Band 7.
So now all that's left to stitch is a bit of vining at the bottom of the band and the date, 2015, at the right side. The end is truly in sight. If I have time during my lunch break, as I usually do, I'll chart a vertical over one 2015 and stitch it in the darker blue of the border [DMC 798] in the space beside the blue flower. And if I am not too weary after work, I'll begin the vining at the bottom of the block while watching the latest episode of Madame Secretary on Roku.