HEATHER SQUARE was published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune on March 20, 1937 (see illustration left). In her notes Cabot states the following:
"This favorite pieced block with the Scottish atmosphere in the title was started in New England by a Scottish immigrant. She did not remain long in the eastern states, but started westward with her pioneer husband. By the time the quilt was finished, they were settled on the prairies of Illinois and it was there that the pattern first became known. It is a delightfully simple pattern to make and the blocks are set together to form an over-all design. [...] The quilt is an excellent choice for single beds because the design is not too elaborate."
The design has no other names. But the Scottish theme of heather (from the heaths) appears in a not too dissimilar criss-cross design called BLUE HEATHER, also illustrated by Cabot (February 10, 1936). A selection of botanical quilt designs would include, for example:
FLOWERING NINE PATCH
LOTUS BLOCK (with more botanical links)