Telene is an avid quilter, designer and free motion quilt teacher from Gauteng, South Africa. She is a Handi Quilter International Ambassador and a South African Quilters Guild Accredited Quilt Teacher. Telene has won numerous prizes for her quilts and attained Master Quilter Status from the SAQG. She has proudly had quilts on display internationally as well.
Telene’s mother taught her to sew when she was young and her obsession for quilting stems from her passion for sewing. She completed a B Tech in Interior Architecture and during her studies, she became involved in her parents’ sewing machine dealership where she taught a variety of basic sewing lessons. During her time in the corporate world (2002 – 2010) as an Interior Architect, she started quilting. In January 2011 she began teaching basic quilting classes which developed into quilting for clients, specializing in custom free motion quilting. She has taught at several local as well as international events and is currently teaching virtual classes online from her home.
Her love for design showed with the creation of her own line of whole cloth quilt patterns for free motion quilters. Telene is also a designer for Full Line Stencil Company and Honest Fabrics where her unique designs can be found on versatile stencils and printed fabric panels. Her fabric designs also expanded into a range of custom printed merchandise. Telene’s quilt designs are now also available in digital format for computer aided quilters with the masterful digitizing of Mary Beth Krapil.
Free motion quilting is Telene’s absolute passion, and she is a firm believer that everybody can quilt. Her goal is to inspire students to simply try, as she knows they will never look back!