Our encounter with Selma Kenter, a Turkish Quilter, visiting Kenya this month was very exciting. Her brief on her quilting life and overcoming many obstacles was worth listening to as the old Chinese Proverb goes that  “... a conversation across the table is worth more than reading a dozen books …”

Selma’s dream of becoming a quilter was difficult during her early stages.  However, doors opened after she met with one of the Turkish Textile Arts Association teachers who was a great  source of encouragement to her.

Selma’s interaction with Kenya quilters gave a good platform for promoting our African theme quilts in Turkey. This was a continuation of what we heard separately from our Kenyan quilter and artist Dena Crain even as she was quoted recently in the Business Daily that  “Our quilters are gradually gaining confidence with the African designs.

Selma has been able to get nuggets of wisdom from The International Quilt Study Center & Museum which is the home of the largest known public collection of quilts in the world.

Kenyan quilters are now wiser and ready to bring forth more designs as needle encounters fabric.