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Pierce artist finds new angle on barn quilts

November 25, 2018

PIERCE — Linda Davis is always looking for inspiration for her next project. And her latest work is a spin on a familiar idea.

Davis has recently taken up making three-dimensional barn quilts.

Traditional barn quilts, Davis said, are typically designs painted onto a flat surface. The 3D barn quilts use wooden pieces that are placed on top of the base in specific layers and patterns.

A barn quilt typically takes about two days to complete from start to finish. Davis starts out by sketching designs on a notepad and then gets to work cutting wooden pieces into specific shapes, and then another day to paint and arrange them.

Davis makes all of her creations of out her garage, where her equipment, including saws, a sander and a makeshift painting area are arranged in a small circle in the middle.

“My husband is on the road all week, so I can do whatever I want each day,” Davis said.

Davis was formerly a dispatcher for a trucking company before retiring. She now spends her time working on various projects and doing upholstery.

She moved to her current house in Pierce about 11 years ago she said, mainly because her continually growing family needed the space.

“We used to have a 900-square foot house,” Davis said. “And we decided we needed more space for everyone.”

She and her husband have five children, along with a growing number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“It gets to be a pretty full house around the holidays,” she said.

For Davis, her family is the main reason for her craft. She said many of her projects start out as ideas for Christmas presents for her children and grandchildren.

“It started out as making my kids different stuff for Christmas,” Davis said. “The last couple of years since I’ve retired, I’ve made a lot of their Christmas presents myself.”

One project involved crafting flower shapes with lights attached for one of her daughters, and Davis said she herself liked the end result so much she made more for the rest of the family, including one for herself.

The 3D barn quilts have also branched out into a small side business for Davis. She said she takes requests and will sell them for about $75 to $125, depending upon the complexity of the design. She also makes the barn quilts and other projects to donate for charity.

Davis has been doing arts and crafting throughout her entire life, she said. And she has no plans to stop any time soon.

“If you’ve got the ambition to do something like this and the tools to do it, go for it,” Davis said. “I’m never bored. Everyone said I would get bored, but I’ve always got something I can do.”

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