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If you need a quick project for a gift, try a quilt of large squares. One of my favorite project was a large lap-sized quilt made of 8.5 inch squares that was backed with flannel and machine quilted. If this is your first quilt, you might want to skip the flannel and use a smooth cotton for the backing. Flannel can stretch if you aren't diligent in basting.
Here's a photo of a small section of my lap quilt.