Sometimes a pattern calls out to me, but I don't want to make a whole quilt.... a runner or pillow is just perfect! Find the tutorial here: dontlooknow.typep...
One block wonder by Bruce Seeds, I think. Changing the background color around the perimeter can be all you need for a border.
Cute half square triangle quilt pattern. No tutorial but should be fairly easy to figure out.
Diary of a Quilter - Peppermint Pinwheels, free block tutorial on this site (On right side, scroll down)