With the smaller project size, I decided to practice new FMQ'ing techniques on these pillows. Some worked out better than others. The Angela Walters book provided inspiration and easy to follow instructions. The next is the Checkers block by Monika Wintermantel that was included in this book.
The next pattern is Stepping Stones by Tacha Bruecher.
I went back to stippling for this one as I did not want to distract from the pattern. And the fourth pillow may be my favorite, a wonky, scrappy log cabin:
The pillows are not remotely as beautiful as the real thing, but were much appreciated by the men I love on Christmas.