Kindling the Creativity Within

Inspired by the book Nurture Your Creative Spirit by Vikki Pignatelli

When Things Go Wrong….


Thought for today:  There will be setbacks and times when your artistic work will not go as planned. Setbacks are a necessary ingredient for creativity. Realize that even if something goes wrong, it can be a proverbial silver lining and a tremendous opportunity for growth. Having a setback is an essential requirement for learning or we would not be forced to exercise our imaginations and seek creative solutions for problems.

Of ALL my work, “Needles and Pins” is my least favorite quilt. I’ve never shown it to anyone before, thus the horrible image…it’s my one and only photo. However, working on this piece did teach me many lessons. The crisscrossing threads and yarns spanning the openings sagged terribly and I was very upset with the setback. Through persistence and experimenting, I was able to come up with a solution that works well for my later quilts with openings.… securing the threads onto a stabilizer “frame” before inserting the frame into the opening of the quilt.


Author: vikkipignatelli

Professional national and international quilt teacher, lecturer, artist and author.

2 thoughts on “When Things Go Wrong….

  1. Your note today about setbacks and learning came at a good time. I’m taking an on-line quilt class and really got bogged down today. I am learning lots, even if I talk to myself a lot!!! I am really enjoying your messages. Thanks so much for your inspirational thoughts.

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    • Thank you for commenting, Jan. Don’t get discouraged… You can learn valuable information from every piece you make, even ones that don’t turn out well in your estimation. Enjoy your class!


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