Friday, November 27, 2015

Geelong Walk

Spent the day walking around Geelong, and took almost no photos.

First up was the Geelong Patchwork and Quilters' Guild exhibition, which I enjoyed but took no photos.

Then I went to the Wool Museum, to see the the Art Quilt Australia 2015 exhibition. An added bonus was the "Visions of Chieri" exhibition of textile art pieces from Italy.

This is a tiny part of a work by Judy Hooworth, Rainy Day Dora Creek #11 which I thought was the best use of variegated quilting thread ever:
The alternating light and dark thread evoked falling raindrops brilliantly.

The museum's carpet loom wasn't operating while I was there:
But I did see someone buying a long panel of the carpet in the gift shop.

The thing that made me smile the most on my walk was seeing a Muslim woman taking her little girl to see a shopping-centre Santa.

I visited two quilt shops, (where I may or may not have purchased small amounts of fabric), and also found a Handi Quilter dealer who are probably the closet to me now. And there I couldn't resist this reindeer decoration made on an embroidery machine:
He'll be going on my tree this year.

I was tired when I got home, and my feet were hurting, so I didn't go out on the nightly walk with the dogs. Look what they saw when I wasn't there:
Four kangaroos!


  1. Love your comment, may or may not have purchased fabric :) As if we can walk in empty handed and come out with nothing....I always have something in myhand.

  2. Of course people take their children to see Santa. That has nothing to do with religion. Santa is not only about greed and selling more products, but also about making wishes come true.

  3. I know Santa has nothing directly to do with religion, but Christmas the festival is a Christian tradition. So I think most people of other religions try to avoid it as much as possible.

  4. Oh, Vireya, I do understand what you mean, but what happens here is completely different.
    There are some Christians here. But Christmas where I live has become a social festival that includes everyone. At school we no longer teach the nativity story and in general hardly any children know it. The Christmas celebration is about making a wish, writing to Santa, concerts, decorating, buying, and partying. The children expect that everyone will give them something whether they have been good or not. All the children have to be treated similarly and that includes the Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews, Wiccans and those with other religions and philosophies too. Some of those religions acknowledge Jesus as a significant prophet, so that is sometimes a justification. But mostly it is so the children do not feel left out.
    People are very generous to the underprivileged here at Christmas time. Everyone will be fed well on Christmas Day. Santa comes to all. But any links to Christianity will only occur in churches.
    When I have travelled through non-Christian countries in December I will saw Christmas being celebrated, but via Santa. It links well with New Year parties.

  5. Wow I love the reindeer decoration, and esp in that lovely shade of orange - they would look great with some silver decoration on a green tree maybe! And 4 kangaroos - quite a range of wildlife you have spotted lately!