Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dragon Threads Giveaway: Joan Lintault in your Mailbox

Last Friday, my dear friend Candace and I went to have lunch with Joan Lintault, one of my authors. Joan’s sister, Jaimee Uhlenbrock came, too. Joan's house is in a beautiful wooded setting in new Paltz, NY. Joan’s studio is large, fully equipped with everything one could want or need to make fiber art. She even has a full kitchen for dyeing (indigo dyeing in the summer) and silk screen printing!

While we were there, I got a peek at the quilt Joan is making for me. Gorgeous. Check out a few of the silk-screened pieces:
silkscreen 1

silkscreen 2

I can’t wait for the finished product.

When I visit studios, I always love to see what is on artists’ inspirations walls. It’s always interesting, and well, inspiring. Joan’s, of course, is no exception:


door to studio
This is what is in her sewing machine now…
jl on machine

Joan has a Japanese tea house on a small pond in her backyard. I can just imagine how it must look in the summer with everything in full bloom!

I can’t say enough about Joan’s quilts. She’s been creating amazing fiber art pieces since 1965. Her works has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the American Crafts Museum, the American Museum of Quilts and Textiles. (And soon my house!) Her quilts are masterpieces: exquisite, dimensional, sculptural, deeply personal. Take these, for example:

Quilt #1


Quilt #2


Quilt #3


Quilt #4


Working with Joan was a delight from beginning to end. She is delightful and as unique as her quilts. Her book is a tour of sorts demonstrating how a talented, experienced, creative master craftsman and artist translates an idea into art. Joan’s warm, clear guidance, instruction, and ideas will have you anxious to fire up your inner artist.

To get those creative juices going for the holidays, Dragon Threads is having a giveaway! Three lucky winners will bring Joan right into their homes/studios via her wonderful book. Everybody has up to three chances to win a signed copy of Joan's book:

  1. Leave a comment below letting me know which of the pictures above is your favorite and why.
  2. Head over to the Dragon Threads newsletter signup page and sign-up. In the “How can we help you” field, type “Joan sent me”.
  3. Go to the Dragon Threads Facebook page and post “Joan sent me” on the wall.

I'll put all the entries into a big virtual hat, and 3 winners, randomly chosen, will be announced this weekend. Lots more contests and giveaways coming up in the next few weeks! Stay tuned.


  1. I live in Ohio, and I love corn, therefore I must vote for Quilt #1. Just gorgeous. Thanks for a great post!

  2. Joan's work is so amazing. If I had to pick one, I'd pick Tower of Babel. I love how she uses type in some of her work. Joan's book is one of the few Dragon Threads books I don't own, and I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the look inside her studio and her tea house. :-)

  3. I love every one of them all but I'd vote for #4--Joan is one of the masters!

    Can't wait to see her new work!

  4. Quilt 1. Here in southeast Texas we never see fall and that quilt takes me to the season that I would so love to experience.

  5. I am amazed by Joan's work. I would pick #1 as my favorite because I am a gardener as well as a quilter so it just speaks to me!

  6. Well, it's really hard to choose a favorite quilt, isn't it? They are all, of course, beautiful and lovely to view. I'm torn between #1 and #4 - they are both so organic and full of nature-inspired color. I guess I'll go with quilt #4.

  7. Its almost impossible to pick! I love #1 for some of the same reasons others mentioned. I am living in ohio, land of long green cornfields and paynes gray skies, so I get the lush quality. I am a gardener, so the colors bring me right home. But mostly, I love the negative spaces between the leaves. My pick? Number 1!

    Beautiful! Thank you! Li

  8. I like them all, but I love #1. I think it's because of the negative spaces. Nice!

  9. Quilt 3 is my fav quilt. I like the color and the formal balance in all the beautiful texture. Another favorite pic is the wall of beautiful things evoking all the different shapes and textures.

  10. What a great opportunity to learn from one of the masters. Her lacework effects are truly exquisite.

  11. For me, it's the 4th one -- must be the orange!

  12. Quilt #1 I love the linear lines of the corn and the use of open space in it.

  13. For me it is the 4th one. I have adored Joan's quilts for years, especially for the cut out sections. And this one captures the openings in the bee hive cells. You can see the shadow behind them. Love it, love it.

  14. Joan's work is so inspiring! My favorite is Quilt #1. The picture makes me really want to reach out and run my fingers across and around it to feel the texture. It just really makes me long to see it in person!

  15. Quilt #1 is my favorite. It looks natural and fragile too.
    Thank you for giving me a chance to win Joan's wonderful book!

  16. Quilt # 1 because it is so reminiscent of my childhood on a farm. A beautiful composition.

  17. I love the openwork of Quilt #1 and also the natural colors!

  18. It is a close choice as I really like both #3 and #4, but since I have to pick one, I'm going with 3. I like the architectural element crowded with letters juxtaposed against the open brick-like background. The 'busy' contrasts and compliments the openness of the rest of the quilt.

  19. Wow! What spectacular quilts! I did not know of Joan's work. I stumbled upon this page because I googled her sister, Jamie Ulhenbrock, one of my all time favorite professors in undergraduate school (art history) and if I'm not mistaken, at that time the only female faculty member in the entire art department. What a lot of talent in one family!