Isn't this one a hoot? Instead of string pieced squares or diamonds, these are hexagons. The fabrics in the hexagons are kind of plain, but who could notice that with all that orange hitting you in the face? The quilt maker has added a yellow hexagon center to each block, and green triangles to the tips of the hexagons.
At first glance, you might be wondering what on earth is going on here. (I know I was.)
Yet another example. This one is a six-pointed star.
The reason is contrast. Your quilt teacher was right, contrast is the key to a good design, either in scraps or strings or new fabrics. Without contrast, the design disappears and it just looks like chaos.
Hint: An easy way to get more variety is to use smaller pieces.
Here's another block in the yellow and green quilt:
One last chaotic top:
How do I know that? Take a look:
Good job, Grandma B, signing and dating your quilt!
One of the things I like about finding string quilt blocks pieced on paper is the possibility of finding a date on the papers. It doesn't necessarily mean the quilt blocks were made on that date, but they could not have been made before that date. It gives us a place to start.
Many string quilts have been made in this pattern, often called Rocky Road to Kansas. These blocks were probably pieced in the 1920s or so.
I originally bought all of these block sets with the idea of finishing them into quilts. It might happen, someday. If not, I'll pass them on to someone else to enjoy.
Thanks for looking through my collection with me.