One souvenir coming with me is a quilt! We had about 10 of these, made years ago by students, hanging in the school hall. Sadly they are all going to be taken down, so I picked a favourite to rescue. I don't know who made each square, but they are done in fabric crayon, hand quilted by the kids- its really lovely.
This is a favourite block:
And this was what I found on the back- who knew all these lovely prints were hiding there all these years?!
I also gave the retirement quilt to its recipient- she loved it, and it was so admired by another dear friend, I went home that evening and finished up the courthouse steps panel into a mini quilt for her.
So now it is finally my summer holiday. Can't wait to get a bit of real sewing done in the next few weeks- hooray!