At first I thought it wasteful. But I learned that cutting the border, sides lengths first, lengthwise of the fabric gives the border material more strength. After all it has to hold many pieced sections together! then the shorter width pieces can be cut from the lengthwise fabric. They of course are shorter. Depending on the width of the border there is some material left and that is ok. I learned this from Japanese Quilt Inspirations. For the quilt I chose to make I cut the borders of each block the same way, out of lengthwise fabric. There were many boxes around beautiful prints. I just got the quilt back from the LAQ and am hand sewing the binding to the back and enjoying the quilt.This was a new approach for me and I had to revise my thinking, but I am happy with the results.