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Telene Jeffrey

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.

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 (2002-10) 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.

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!

Wholecloth Mini Bootcamp

This two-day class is perfect for beginner free motion quilters as well as those with a little more experience. You will be working on your own domestic machine, but the principles remain the same should you normally quilt on a longarm, frame-based system.

In the first session, Telene will take you through all the basics of free motion quilting, giving you many “ah ha!” moments along the way, so that you can also start your journey into this amazing field with confidence. She will go from the very basics for the complete beginner, to more advanced tips for the intermediate quilter.

During session 2, you will be introduced to basic rulerwork, grid work and stencils.

In sessions 3 and 4, Telene will guide you in designing and quilting your very own mini wholecloth quilt using a variety of stencils, designs and techniques introduced in the first two sessions. By the end of the weekend you should be very close to being finished!


*70 cm square piece of plain or tone-on-tone 100% cotton fabric. Go wild with your colour but not your pattern! Busy fabrics hide your hard work so rather go plain!

*80 cm square of 100% cotton fabric for backing. Here you can go crazy! The wilder the better as it hides your wobbles!

*1 or 2 x 80cm square pieces of batting. Polyester is fine but if you have cotton or cotton blend you can use that too.

*Using two layers is a bit more tricky but gives great texture if you want to try it.

*Two cones of thread to match your top fabric.

*505 Temporary Adhesive Spray or safety pins to baste.

*White chalk pen/pencil/marker.

*Blue fabric pen/water erasable pen.

*Sewing machine, two bobbins, machine oil and brush.

*Electrical extension cord and multiplug.


*Free motion quilting or embroidery or darning foot & walking foot.

*Sewing machine needles - Universal 90 or Quilting 90 or Top Stitch 90.

*2 x wedge rubber door stops.

*Practice quilt sandwich approx fat quarter size, already sandwiched with poly batting.

*Pillows for the bum and back support.

Optional: Pounce pad, various stencils, FMQ rulers, quilting gloves, ruler foot, Prym Fray Check.