Seattle Culture

Scoop: Quilts by Boo Davis

Seattle’s most headbanging quiltmaker shows off her softer side in a new book

By Brangien Davis December 31, 1969

This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

How does a longtime metalhead channel her deep desire to quilt? In the case of Boo Davis, 36, she quits her day job as an illustrator for The Seattle Times, creates a label called Quiltsrÿche ( and uses traditional techniques to make quilts featuring the “devil horns” hand sign and tributes to heavy-metal bands. Davis’ “evil quilts” have gained raucous acclaim in the alt-craft community and landed her a book deal that resulted in the August publication of Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts (Potter Craft, $21.99). Due to publisher concerns (not Metallica fans, apparently), the book designs aren’t quite as heretical as Davis’ past work, but her quirky aesthetic persists in how-tos for quilts such as “Quilt in the Headlights” (a deer head with antlers) and “Does Not Compute” (a robot). Davis is showing her work through October 6 at Assemble Gallery (7406 Greenwood Ave. N; Who better to buy a quilt from in October than someone named Boo?


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