String quilts are often a explosion of color with fabrics placed rather randomly as they come out of the scrap bag. We've been looking at some great examples over at the QuiltHistorySouth Facebook group.
Dark, light, dark light---some thought given to contrast.
A few follow a different rule---place a consistent color in one strip and you get a more organized effect.
The Louisiana Folk Life project recorded this string design
based on triangles by Sallie McKinnie Graves ( 1886-1968)
Here's another in a similar pattern by Ruth Eubanks
from the North Carolina project.
One way to look at Ruth's triangular unit and block.\
Little Boy's Britches by Sally Anna Ingraham Parker, Haynesville, Arkansas
Collection of the Old State House Museum in Arkansas
Sally's quilt organizes the view by piecing a consistent
color in the center strip of each triangle.
It's a simple way of organizing a string quilt (if one
wanted to organize a string quilt.)
I've been fascinated by this pattern which is just a string pieced diamond
with a consistent black strip in the center.
I called it a Victorian Puzzle
I recently found the pattern in the very influential Comfort magazine,
published in October 1911, a decade or more after the Victorian era.
Or make the dark strip go the other way.
Marjorie Childress Collection
Here's an unusual top, a fan block but rectangular and both fan and background
are pieced. Each fan has a pink strip in the center
As a square block