I am very happy to say that I have the first color of the border completed all the way around, and it met the first time!!! I used the "do 9 half stitches and cross the 10th" method for more accurate counting, but I was still surprised that it ended up correctly. I need to put Emma aside to work on a wedding sampler, but I am hoping to be back to Emma within 2 or 3 weeks.
I have been really enjoying reading both of these blogs and seeing the amazing array of samplers! Thank you Nicola.