America Loves Fast Quilts: Westward Journey Quilt Along | McCall’s Quilting Blog

Westward Journey Quilt Along (Click link to see all posts.)

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.

We’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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