You can see I have been spending my time well. My flying geese borders are complete and attached to my Shiloh quilt. I had plenty of the dark brown used in the inner border that I had planned to use in the final, outer border, but made an unhappy discovery that foils that plan.
When I spread out the brown fabric to iron it, I found that it had a large area that was ruined by fading.
For some reason, the color of the fabric didn't come out at all in the photo. The dark chocolate brown is all washed out looking, but I think you can still see the fade lines where the fabric had been folded. I don't know if this happened while I was storing the fabric, or if it was like this when I purchased it. I've had it in my stash for years, so it could have happened on my watch.
I have no idea who manufactored this fabric, as there is no info on the selvedge. It does not seem to be of Moda or other well known fabric manufactorer's quality. And as I said, I have had it for years. Originally it was part of a kit that have I long since dismantled. I needed a dark brown for the border, had this in my stash and thought I could use it.
Lesson learned: stick to well known fabric brands. In my experience prior to this, I have never had an issue with fading. Have you?
Thank goodness I made the discovery that the brown fabric was of lesser quality and tended to fade before including it in my higher end fabric quilt. My solution to this problem was to order some new fabric that will work just fine with this project. I hope. I found a nice brown by Marcus Brothers, from Paula Barnes Tavern Collection, that will be excellent. I hope. I would have preferred that the outer border fabric be the same as the inner border, but there is nothing to be done about that at this point. When my new fabric arrives, I will get that final border on, and with luck will still be in love with my quilt. I hope.