This pattern was inspired by traditional log cabin quilts, and it features lots of squishy garter stitch in bold blocks, picked up off the side of what you have just knit. This design also reminds me of abstract, modernist art, particularly things from the Bauhaus design school, Piet Modrian, or Mark Rothko.
This is “Painting 1937″ by Ben Nicholson.
And “Homage to the Square: Midday” by Josef Albers.
For this particular blanket, Annette used organic Merino O-Wool Legacy DK in Dandelion, Ocean Floor, Gamboge, and Charcoal, which would work well for a baby boy or girl, and still coordinate with the parent’s home interior.