Quilt notes: GOVERNOR'S GARDEN debuted in Nancy Cabot's quilt column in the Chicago Tribune on June 15, 1935, as illustrated left. In her notes Cabot says:
"GOVERNOR'S GARDEN is an interesting old pieced block, made in Pennsylvania in the latter part of the 19th century. The exact date is unknown but the simplicity and beauty of the block have made it, since its creation, one of the outstanding quilts in popular favor."
The design is included in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p.121-7. Notice the 32 x 32 grid. The colors used here were borrowed from Jenny Beyer's illustration. The white panels would seem to indicate a garden walk.
Compare at this site with:
IN NARCISSUS MOTIF
And for more botanical quilt designs see LOTUS BLOCK!!