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

Scrap Buster Workshop £25

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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

Saturdays 1-5pm: 26th January; 23rd February; 23rd March 2019

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 ppliques.

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.


Beginners Patchwork & Quilting Courses £120

Saturdays 9am-12noon: 16th February; 2nd, 16th and 30th March 2019

In this¬†four-morning¬†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 measures 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 machines for the class and other tools will be provided.  Fabrics and sewing supplies are available to purchase from our shop.  Students will received 10% off on the day of the class.  Once registered, you will received 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.