My general preferences for the blanket: sort of relate to theme, interesting enough to grow with baby through toddler years in texture and color. I have to say, I'm leaning toward option 2.
Option 1 - original design. Will use flannels for solid colors, except blues which will be cotton. All center squares of all 9-patches (except in the plane) will be chenille.
Option 2 - original design with a couple EQ6 block patterns. Center plane will actually be a pre-made applique from JoAnn's and doesn't look like the plane in this design. I just needed to put something in there. I haven't decided yet, but I think all the planes will have chenille or minky or something soft and textured as the fabric. Again, all blue to be cotton and maybe all solid colors in the log cabin to be flannel. This is still to be determined and I may forget the whole "texture" thing altogether once I determine design.
Option 3 - OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS