I knew I read somewhere how to do this and had to rack my brains to remember where. Coffee helped. Chocolate helped even more. Quiltville, of course. I clicked over to Bonnie's site and read through her article Border Hints. Lots of great advice on adding borders but not the process I vaguely remember reading for measuring and adding a pieced border. And I was so sure it was something I read on Bonnie's site... willing to bet some of my Hallowe'en chocolate on it. Actually, I've eaten so much of it today, I'm feeling a little sick. Then it came to me, it was part of the instructions on bordering the Orange Crush Mystery. I am frequently amazed at the accuracy of my memory when it comes to quilting, when I can't remember if I paid the utility bills this month.
I have made pieced borders before but not one in which the pieced component couldn't be fudged, and by that I mean trimming off a little here or there to make it all fit. I would so hate having to slice half-square triangles in half and losing the points. I'll be joining 2.5" half square triangles into sawtooth strips this evening to finish making my border # 3 strips, so that I know how wide to slice the strips for border # 2.
I'm glad I remembered before I sliced up the red fabric. Some days are better than others.