This technique added over 3/4" to the patch and will give me enough room for all I want to do. Nothing matches perfectly but it all blends in.
This is especially useful if you end up with small awkward corners or long skinny patches...Remember this works equally well for a patch that is too large and not in balance with the rest of the block..
The following is a repeat of a tutorial on block talk demonstrating some of the same elements.
I discussed this block a little when I did it. It was Jeanne's block in a "seams only" RR. I had three areas I wanted to change..
1. I wanted the orange patch to appear bigger and make the lavender patch beneath it a little more interesting shape.
2. The teeny tiny corner patch upper right was just too small so I either had to make it appear larger or disappear.
3. The long narrow patch lower left just had to disappear..
First the orange patch.... I put a purple ribbon on top of a very wide orange ribbon and stitched it at the very lower edge of the orange patch making the orange patch look larger... By putting it at a slight angle it changed the shape of the lilac patch below it.. You don't have to ALWAYS follow the seam//
and it made #2 (tiny triangle) seem larger by again putting a purple ribbon on the very edge of the patch. and giving it a bold seam and a bold seam on #3 (long narrow strip) makes the narrow strip seem to disappear.
The bold seams are always an excellent way to draw OR focus attention where you like on a block