America Loves Fast Quilts: Westward Journey Quilt Along

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We are so excited about our upcoming special issue, America Makes FAST Quilts, that we decided to share a pattern with you ahead of time as a Quilt Along! The issue will be  available exclusively on newsstands or by purchasing online, and is absolutely packed with fast quilt patterns you’ll turn to again and again…but more about that later; let’s get this quilt along started.

styled 300px America Loves Fast Quilts: Westward Journey Quilt AlongWe’ll be making a 60½″ x 60½″ lap quilt with the White House Steps block. Today, we’re giving you the fabric requirements so you’ll have time to rummage around in your stash or visit your local quilt shop over the weekend.

Fabric shopping list:
25 assorted prints, 1 fat quarter (18″ x 20-22″) each
Backing: 4 yards
Batting size: 70″ x 70″

This will be enough fabric to complete the quilt top and binding. You’ll want to make sure you’ve got a good variety of values (lights, mediums, darks) for best effect in this quilt. Remember, you don’t have to use fabrics anything like the picture; that’s the whole fun of it. Over the weekend, I’ll be looking around my fabric stash to see what fabrics I might like to use for this Westward Journey Quilt Along. I’ll post my fabric choices here on our McCall’s Quilting Editors’ Blog on Monday.

If you email a photo of your fabric choices over the weekend, I’ll share a few random pictures on Monday, April 23. Send low resolution (1 MB or smaller) photos to, with Attn: Valerie, Quilt Along in the subject. Be sure to check back on Monday to see if your photo is one of those posted!

Note: Looking for the complete Westward Journey lap quilt pattern PDF download? Click here!

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45 Responses to America Loves Fast Quilts: Westward Journey Quilt Along

  1. Barbara. Jarchow says:

    I think I have enough fat quarters!

  2. Barb Johnson says:

    WooHoo! I’m off to my stash to see what will work for this quilt!

  3. Debbie Martel says:

    Excited to start this project!

  4. Joan says:

    I’ll be checking my stash!

  5. Carolyn Reilly says:

    I think I can do this too. Can I start on Sunday?

  6. Gwen Breen says:

    sounds and looks like a good idea to use some fabric up….nice gift too

  7. Debby Mahoney says:

    Definately have plenty of Fat Quarters, and really like this pattern. Will be looking for this issue so I can use up some of my stash and have excuse to go buy more :)

  8. carol broughton says:

    Count me in!!

  9. Justin Crouch says:

    I just gathered 25 floral and solids this will be my first fat-quarter quilt.

  10. Valerie says:

    Absolutely, Carolyn. You can start anytime and follow along at your own pace.

  11. sheila darling says:

    sounds fun…I have a lot of fat quarters :-)

  12. Irene Baldock says:

    This sounds like fun. Going to see what’s in my stash

  13. Tricia says:

    OH BOY Maine is having a Shop Hop right now, just one more reason to go to a few more shops.

  14. Sharon Griffith says:

    Count me in I do have enough FQs…yeah

  15. Jan says:

    Have the fat quarters – alas- machine is in the shop. Will be waiting to see what all have done.

  16. judie says:

    just did Spring cleaning in sewing room…. I know I can find the fat qtrs. and am looking forward to this!

  17. Janet Doby says:

    Can’t wait to get started. What a great way to use up stash, then I can go buy more.

  18. I have enough fat quarters in children figures.
    You can count me in sounds like fun.

  19. Gina C says:

    I’m going to try this. I have several other things going, but this sounds fun and looks “quick” and easy. I don’t have quite enough fat quarters but can use from my stash. Would some jelly roll strips work on this, too?

  20. Valerie says:

    Hi Gina, Yes, some jelly roll strips will work in the outer rounds of the blocks, but will need to be trimmed to a narrower width. Or, jelly roll strips may be used as binding at the 2 1/2″ width they are precut at.

  21. Jenelle JB says:

    I’m giving this one a try. I have a bunch of fat quarters in Christmas fabric. Would that work?

  22. mary benson says:

    cant wait to get started i have enough fat quarters

  23. Valerie says:

    Hi Jenelle, Christmas fabric will work great – how wonderful to get a head start on a Christmas quilt!

  24. Gail CP says:

    I’m really looking forward to doing this one! I so did not need another project….but I can’t wait to start this!! :) Thanks!!

  25. Cheri Johnson says:

    looking forward to doing this quilt. Am I too late to start it?

  26. Valerie says:

    Hi Cheri, No, it’s not too late to start…you can start anytime.

  27. Sharon says:

    This sounds like a great project. I have a set of fat quarters in mind, but where do I get the pattern?

  28. Melody Norris says:

    I’m going to try this one. It looks like I should be able to handle this. Can’t wait to get started.

  29. Valerie says:

    Hi Sharon, We’ll be posting the pattern on this blog as you follow along.

  30. Jean Brittingham says:

    Joining in a little late but with this Fast & Easy pattern I’m sure I’ll be able to catch up quickly. I know that I have plenty of fabrics in my stash to find the 25 fat quarters needed. The red, white and blues will go perfectly in my Old Glory themed family room!

  31. Moira Cleary says:

    Loving it and glad I got the facebook link.. what fun…

  32. isew217 says:

    I certainly have enough for this, and hope that the rest of my Quilts of Valor gals will do one too. We need lots of quick quilt patterns! Because the troops are returning faster than we can turn out quilts! Comfort Quilters of St. Joseph, IL QOVF

  33. mary says:

    I have plenty of fat quarters looking forward to this!

  34. Ruth Jones says:

    I am excited to try my first online project.

  35. sewsalot says:

    I think I might give this a try

  36. Carole Lawlor says:

    we sure have a huge amount of fat quarters!

  37. Dianne says:

    Positive I can find enough in my stash! Lots of projects on my plate right now, but what is one more!!

  38. Judie says:

    Have projects going, but think I will give this a try. Think I have enough fat quarters.

  39. Jilly Anderson says:

    Well I’ve just cut out another one – Montana Modern for my hubby……but I have the FQs to do this too…in Fall tones….so I’m tempted…..he will be mad with me tho…..Hmmmm

  40. Teresa says:

    Just finished a custom tshirt quilt, an a prom dress . I’m ready for fun and quick. I got fat quarters nowhere do I start….

  41. Bobbi says:

    I can’t wait to get this one started. As though I needed another quick project.

  42. Victoria says:

    Very Cool! I Love Red, white & Blue. Looks like it will be fun to make. YepHee!

  43. Diane C says:

    I am excited to start this project.

  44. looking forward to learning some new tricks.

  45. Gina C says:

    I made this back in 2012 and I love it. I take it on trips to cover from hot sun shining in the window, or as a pad when I like to lean my knee against the door. Have to relax on long trips. Anyway, easy to make and fun to use. Thanks for the pattern. I may make another one sometime.

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