Patchwork and Quilting Courses with Allison Reid, Basingstoke Hampshire.

I have been patchwork quilting for nearly 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 of Purple Stitches, Basingstoke. To access course and booking details please use the links provided.

I look forward to meeting you soon ūüôā

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’.

Beginners Patchwork & Quilting Courses £120

1. Saturday Mornings 9am-12.30pm:  12th & 26th Oct, 9th & 23rd Nov 2019 CLASS FULL

2. Saturday Afternoons 1.30-4.30pm: 12th & 26th Oct, 9th & 23rd Nov 2019 CLASS FULL

3. Saturday Mornings 9am-12.30pm: 11th & 25th January, 8th & 22nd Feb 2020

4. Saturday Afternoons 1.30-4.30pm: 11th & 25th January, 8th & 22nd Feb 2020

Dashing Stars finished by Allison ReidIn this¬†four session¬†course, you will learn all the techniques for making a patchwork quilt, from design, cutting, machine piecing, machine or hand quilting and then finishing with a binding. ¬†At the end of the course, you will leave with a beautifully handmade lap quilt measuring approximately 48″ x 48″. ¬†Suitable for patchwork beginners.

You will also be given instructions on how to scale this up to make a bigger quilt top.

Please note:¬†¬†Students are required to complete some of the ‘homework’ at home in between classes.

Materials:  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 will be provided.  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.

Skills: Student should be able to use the sewing machine independently and know how to sew a straight line.

Class size: 4

Book at the Purple Stitches website.


Into the Woods Table Runner Workshop £45

Completed: Friday 12th July 2019, 9.15am-2.30pm

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 ¬ľ” 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

Next course starting soon.

Each month, we will show you two new 12‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôll 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.