Patchwork and Quilting Courses with Allison Reid, Basingstoke Hampshire.

I have been patchwork quilting for more than ten years. As my knowledge of this craft has grown and my skills have developed it has been my great pleasure to lead classes: passing on what I’ve learned; seeing anxious beginners gaining confidence; and more experienced students successfully tackling fresh techniques and challenges.

Several of the courses and workshops I lead are hosted by Viv Poon of Purple Stitches, Basingstoke. To access course and booking details please use the links provided.

I look forward to meeting you soon 🙂

Feedback from recent courses:

‘Super Workshop. Demonstrations very clear and lots of help if you needed it – but sensitively done. Instructions/pattern very clear and easy to follow.’

‘I achieved everything I hoped to. Allison’s patterns and instructions were excellent and her demonstrations were easy to follow and not rushed at all. Allison has great patience and is very encouraging . Foundations paper piecing has always been a complete mystery to me but I finished 3 tree blocks by lunchtime thanks to Allison’s 1-1 help’.


NEW for 2022

Make a Patchwork Bargello Table Runner £37

Saturday 16th July, 10am to 4pm

At Old Down Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

To book please email me at

Course details – Making a Bargello Table Runner

In this workshop we’ll look at Bargello designs and consider colour and fabric choices; we’ll work step-by-step through the process of creating a Bargello style block; take time to evaluate what we’ve learned from our fabric choices; and see how to complete our table runners using a no-binding, quick turn method.

There may be time to begin quilting your table runner so please bring along the backing and wadding.

Skills Required

  • Experience of rotary cutting and machine patchwork piecing.

Equipment Required

  • General sewing kit.
  • Sewing machine in good working order: capable of producing ¼” seams. Optional: walking foot or free motion foot.
  • Iron and pressing mat (optional).
  • Rotary cutter, mat (ideally 24” x 18”) and ruler (12” x 6” or similar).
  • Basting pins and masking tape.

Materials Required

  • *Seven (7) 2½” x 42” strips of quilting weight cotton fabrics (leftover strips from Jelly Rolls are ideal!).
  • Backing fabric 16” x 36”
  • Wadding 16” x 36”
  • Binding (optional) 0.25m
  • Piecing thread
  • Quilting thread

*Bargello designs generally have a graduated colour scheme so light, medium and dark fabrics of one colour work well to emphasise the wave effect of the design. One strip in a slightly different or contrasting colour can add interest and help the eye to follow the design. Look for images of Bargello table runners on the internet and you’ll get an idea of how designers use single and multiple colours to achieve different effects. You might like to bring along more than seven fabrics to the workshop so we can discuss choices and maybe swap a few fabric strips too!

The Venue

Old Down Hall, 364 Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke, RG22 5UY

Facilities at Old Down Hall: parking is free, there are spaces in front of the Hall and across the road; kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities; toilets with disabled access.

Booking and Payment

The Workshop fee is £37, this includes: a Step-by-Step Guide to Bargello with a choice of two patterns; and light refreshments. To secure a booking the full fee must be paid. Email me at to book your place.

Class Size is limited to eight participants.


Workshop: I-Spy Shadow Quilt £47

Saturday 30th July, 10am to 4pm

At Old Down Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 5UY

To book please email me at

Course details – Make an I-Spy Quilt Top in a Day!

I-Spy Shadow Quilt (with feet!)

In this one day workshop you will be using my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern to learn and practice speedy strip piecing and chain piecing techniques to make multiple patchwork blocks. By the end of the day your patchwork top could be completed or be well on the way to being finished!

To speed the process along I will be providing each participant with a pack of pre-cut novelty print fabrics ready to stitch into blocks!

Make a quilt that will become a family favourite. The finished quilt measures a generous but manageable 50″ x 58″ – suitable for piecing and quilting on a domestic sewing machine. There’s also an option to make a smaller quilt top measuring 42″ x 50″.

Skills required: Familiar with rotary cutting, stitching ¼” seams, completing a quilt (quilting and binding) independently.

Equipment required: Sewing machine in good working order, rotary cutting equipment (a 24″ x 18″ mat and a 24½” x 6½” ruler would be ideal).

Materials: A full list of the materials required will be sent once you have enrolled on the course.

Class Size: 8

Initial enquiries: Contact me at


Beginners Patchwork & Quilting Course £120

Three Saturday Mornings starting Autumn 2022

Learn all the basic skills to make a baby quilt (38″ x 46″) using my new pattern, ‘Trip Around the Stars’. Over the course of three Saturday mornings you will learn how to select fabrics, cut accurate shapes using a rotary cutter, stitch your patchwork together (piecing) and stitch together (quilt) the three layers of a quilt – backing, wadding and patchwork top – before adding the binding around the edge to complete your first quilt.

To complete the course (three sessions spread over six weeks) you will need to be prepared to do some sewing at home.

Equipment: Students will need to bring or buy fabric and other haberdashery for this class.  Please bring your own sewing machine for the class, other tools can be loaned and you will be advised on the most suitable cutting equipment to purchase as your patchwork quilting journey gets underway.  Fabrics and sewing supplies are available to purchase from our shop. Students will receive 10% discount on the day of the class.  Once registered, you will receive a list of materials required for the class. Essential: Sewing machine in good working order; machine thread and needles (I recommend Aurifil 50wt with an 80/12 Sharps needle). Optional: 45mm rotary cutter; 24″ x 18″ self-healing cutting mat; 24½” x 6½” ruler; sewing machine feet – quarter inch foot and walking foot.

Materials: Quilters weight cottons as directed by the pattern, wadding and backing fabric – the  exact quantities required will be given once you have registered for the course.

Maximum Class Size: 4

Comments from participants of recent Beginners Courses:

‘Excellent, knowledgeable friendly tutor. Have really enjoyed making my quilt. Thank you.’

‘Lovely space to work in… I found this course quite hard with all the homework… Allison was so patient and knowledgeable. I have learned so much.’

‘I definitely achieved my aims. All the printed instructions and presentation was very clear. The alternate week sessions worked very well, giving me time to practice and do homework between. I really appreciated all the calm encouragement and quiet correction! Thank you for your inspirations.’

Book at the Purple Stitches website.


Skill Builder Course

Saturday Mornings – dates to be confirmed

In this two session course, you will learn how to take your patchwork piecing skills to the next level. We will be getting to grips with triangle blocks as we make Flying Geese blocks, Churn Dash Blocks and Economy Blocks.  At the end of the course, you will leave with the piecing skills you need to successfully complete Viv Poon’s ‘Dashing Stars’ quilt.

Skill Level: Suitable for sewists who have completed a patchwork quilting beginners course. Students should be able to use their sewing machine independently and know how to sew an accurate quarter inch seam; be familiar with rotary cutting; be able to complete a quilt (basting, quilting and binding) independently.

Materials:  Students will need to bring or buy fabric and other haberdashery for this class. Please bring your own sewing machine for the class. Fabrics and sewing supplies are available to purchase from our shop. Students will receive 10% discount on the day of the class.  Once registered, you will receive a list of materials required for the class.

Class size: 4

Book at the Purple Stitches website.


Workshop: Two Ways to Build A Log Cabin £45 

WAS Friday 6th March, 10am – 4pm at Purple Stitches 

Log Cabin Workshop Quilt Nov 19

Learn two methods for making the classic Log Cabin block. And learn how to create curved Log Cabin blocks to add extra interest to a quilt.

During the day there will be opportunity to make two sets of eight blocks.

You will need a well maintained sewing machine and have had experience of rotary cutting and patchwork piecing ¼” seams.

For more information about the course and to book please contact me at

Maximum class size: 6



Log Cabin (2) finished quilt by Allison Reid











Into the Woods Table Runner Workshop £45

Completed: Friday 12th July 2019

Viables Community Centre, Four Lanes Room, RG22 4BJ

Into The Woods Pine Tree by Allison Reid

Learn how to make patchwork blocks using two techniques: foundation paper piecing and crazy patchwork.

As part of the workshop fee you will receive a copy of my Into the Woods table runner pattern that uses the techniques of foundation paper piecing and crazy patchwork as well as rotary cut piecing. The main aim of the workshop is to learn the techniques by making blocks from the pattern. Instruction will be given as to how to complete the runner but it’s not expected that you will finishInto The Woods for flyer by Allison Reid the runner during the workshop

Skills required: Use of sewing machine; rotary cutting; and stitching ¼” patchwork seams.

Equipment required: sewing machine in good working order; rotary cutter, mat and rulers; quilting cotton fabrics (details will be given on booking); lunch! In addition you might find an add-a-quarter ruler and a seam roller useful but these are not essential.

Maximum class size: 6

Enquiries and booking: please contact me, Allison Reid, via email:

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Scrap Buster Workshop £25

Coming soon!

Purple Stitches, Basingstoke RG24 8UQ

Scrap Buster Workshop by Allison Reid

Scrap bin overflowing??  Not sure what to do with smaller pieces but don’t want to bin them?  Come and join our teacher Allison Reid in the art of scrap busting.  Raid your scrap bin and learn how to turn your tiny scraps into useful bigger pieces.  Learn how to start your own leaders and enders project, crazy patchwork techniques and piecing strip blocks!  This class is perfect for adventurous patchwork beginners who have made a few blocks in the past and know the basics of cutting and piecing.  Please note, this class will cover the construction of the blocks giving you the skills to create your finished patchwork at home.

More details and access to booking at Purple Stitches website.




Purple Stitches Quilt Club with Allison Reid

Each month, we will show you two new 12” blocks that you can use to make an entire quilt or continue with our quilt club series and make a sampler quilt. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn new techniques and make friends. In this quilt club series, we’ll challenge you to work on traditional piecing techniques as well as tackling curves, foundation paper piecing and appliques.

This is an on-going club and you can dip in and out of the club at any point. However, each time you book sessions, you will need to book a minimum of 2 sessions (it can be in any 2 sessions over a 6-month period. Just select the dates in the dropdown menu.)  Please refer to the pictures for the blocks you will be working on each session.

The picture in this listing shows the sampler quilt we’ll be working on in the current 6-month cohort. Book at Purple Stitches website.


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