Last night at EQ Club, Linda brought a challenge to the table and what a challenge it was.
Her guild uses the “Pentagon Star” block as its “logo” or whatever you call it. She needed to make a name badge for some event coming up this weekend and she got the idea to use this block as the basis for her badge.
She found this block in the EQ library:
She wanted to draw a sashing-like border around the outside of the pentagon shape (not around the outside of the square outline) but didn’t know how to go about it. Darlene, our fearless leader, who is absolutely amazing when it comes to using EQ6, didn’t hesitate to tackle the challenge and we all pitched in with ideas and opinions of how to go about it. One of the problems we had last night was, for some reason, the snapping tool didn’t want to snap correctly, so the end product didn’t have perfect angles, but it was very close.
This is what Linda is striving for, although she doesn’t want a square outer edge, she wants it to be a pentagon shape:
BUT, and this is a big but, EQ doesn’t like it. I modified the existing block in Easy Draw and was able to save it to my sketchbook, but in this form I can’t color it because EQ doesn’t recognize all the lines in the center as being patches that can be colored. And that’s because EQ is looking for designs that are sewable. In this form, it can’t be pieced. I tried saving “all” and copying to Patch Draw, but it wouldn’t copy. What I need are lines connecting the star points to the outside points, like miters. I did that, but when I tried to save to sketchbook, I got the “saving polygons” message and EQ6 hung up. So much so that the cancel button didn’t work, clicking the X to close the window didn’t work, I had to go to the task manager and kill EQ6 altogether.
If you were going to tackle this challenge, how would you go about it?