Call me stubborn....I wasn't ready to give up on the design. Perhaps this isn't a virtue, but I must admit in all my sewing years, I have abandoned only about 3 or 4 projects. Sometimes my best new pathway is found by working through the ugly ducklings.
I 'almost' convinced myself it would work.
But, before I took that step, I decided to permanently secure the patches together with machine stitching and bead the cabochon.Clearly that wasn't the miracle I was looking for either. In desperation, I grabbed the leftover trimmings from the original wider 9 patch sections and arranged them on the piece.
Is this the answer???? Again NO!!! But wait.....I do NOT give up easily.......and I have another idea.......check in here tomorrow....