Penny’s Patches brings quilting and keepsakes to Head Start children

TROY – A lock of hair. A special set of clothes. Their first scribbles onto paper. These are the things that live in the closets, drawers and storage boxes of parents. They are called keepsakes. A keepsake is defined as anything that is kept or given to be kept as a remembrance of a person, place or time.

The Troy 1 and 3 classrooms of Bradford Tioga Head Start recently set out to learn about the local tradition and art of quilting. They read books like “The Quilt” and made their own quilt pictures using geometric shapes.

Penny Streeter, owner of Penny’s Patches Quilt Shop and Troy 1 and 3 teacher Laura Steele came up with the idea of having each child and parent make their own quilt square. Parents’ hands and their child’s hand were painted with fabric paint and then imprinted on a muslin square. Then Streeter and one of the children’s grandmothers, Patricia Greene, assembled the squares with batting and cotton print fabric and machine quilted around each hand.

Each parent will receive the quilted “wall hanging” as a keepsake. A remembrance of the end of their child’s Head Start year.

Bradford-Tioga Head Start Inc. is a program, which offers state and federally funded programs for pregnant mothers, families and their children, newborn up to the age of 5; this includes Early Head Start, Head Start and Pre-K Counts services.

For more information, call 570-638-1400 or visit www.bradfordtio