I have a piece I have been trying to finish for Pam Kellogg and had a bothersome patch. It for just too big for anything I could think of and it was too large to leave blank... I was like a big hole in the design and I kept trying to think of something to fill the space. The again the light finally came on....instead of trying in vain to fill the space.....just make the space smaller by widening the seam with a piece of contrasting ribbon. Duh!
Below is an old post on modifying the shape of a patch.. Enjoy!:
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 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//
I used the same treatment to solve two different problems (#2 and #3)... an extra large bold seam....
and it made #2 (tiny triangle) seem larger by again putting it on the very edge of the patch. and #3 (long narrow strip) seem to disappear.
The bold seams are always an excellent way to draw OR focus attention on a block