Here's the back of the quilt. It's about 218 hexagons, plus all the 1/2 hexagons. I'll be OK if I don't sew any hexagons for awhile.
This video by ladyharvatine is an easy way to learn how to machine piece hexagons.
I found an example online for how to add a strip border to a hexagon quilt. What I particularly like about Hexy Lady's example is that the border hexagons are the same color as the strip. So, that's what I went with, black hexagons around the red hexagons and then a black strip.
I cut the hexagons (rather than keeping them whole & sewing them on applique-style) along the border and then added a strip of black fabric on each side.
In order to even out the sides, I cut the border hexagons. It started out like the photo at left. After cutting them off, the edge looked like the photo at right.
Next, I cut a strip of fabric and stitched it to the cut hexagon edge.
The final border looks like this:
I am leaning toward an all-over long-arm quilt pattern in red. I'll chat with the long-arm quilter to see what she thinks, but can't wait to see how it turns out!