I have heard today from Christina Henri about the Roses from the Heart project. As she has her thesis for her PhD to write and is examined in November she will be unable to attend Festival of Quilts this year but is concerned that people may bring bonnets to the event. This is what she's arranged:
"I am sure there will be people expecting that I will be there with Roses from the Heart(R) this year and I hate to think they will be bringing a bonnet/s along only to find I have no Stand, no presence. So this is the plan…..
Andrew Salmon, the Festival of Quilts director, is arranging a collection bin at the show for the bonnets.
It will be at the Registration Point.
When you go in to the Festival of Quilts turn right and it is in the far corner. I still need 5,000 bonnets. I had a wonderful response from the Festival of Quilts last year."
Christina sent me some links about an annual 'Blessing of the Bonnets' event in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. 101 convict transportation ships left from the port of Cobh in Ireland, shipping the convicts to Australia. So she felt it was very important to have a ceremony from there each year in memory of this exiling of people to far off lands.