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EQ7: Pieced PatchDraw – Eliminating the “Sticky Blue Line”

When I click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw why do I always get a sticky blue line?

First, the line is normal and nothing to worry about.

  • When you click BLOCK > New Block > PatchDraw Block the block worktable that opens first is for Pieced PatchDraw.
  • If you click anywhere inside that block, it begins to drag a line from the point you clicked, because that is how you draw with Pieced PatchDraw – you click someplace inside the block then move the mouse to drag a line.

Getting rid of the line if you DO want to draw in Pieced PatchDraw:

  • Double-click on the worktable. The line disappears. Or, press your keyboard ESC key.
  • Then start your drawing by clicking where you want the line to start, and drag from there to begin your patch. (HELP> EQ Lessons > Pieced PatchDraw Blocks has 2 lessons demonstrating how Pieced PatchDraw works.)

Getting rid of the line if you DO NOT want to draw in Pieced PatchDraw:

  • If you DO NOT want to draw in Pieced PatchDraw, but want to draw an applique block, click the Applique tab (at bottom). The line disappears because you’re on a different worktable.

Avoiding the “sticky blue line” problem

So the bottom line is this:

  • Do not click inside the block when you choose PatchDraw as your new drawing style unless you’re wanting to begin drawing.
  • If the sticky blue line does appear because you have started drawing, and may not have intended to: double-click or press ESC. The line disappears.
  • If you want to draw applique, click the Applique tab at bottom.