I made him a quilt where the top is just four wide stripes. In each stripe I'm quilting some designs that appeal to him - his name, pirates, trains, and puppies. So the interest will be in the quilting, not really in the piecing.
This is my favorite picture so far. Run, little puppy!
Son's teacher: mug rug
Nephew: crib-sized quilt
Mom: quilt top
Dad: Pot cozy? Or...something?