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Jessica Plunkett is a quilter, pattern designer, lecturer and teacher from Des Moines, Iowa. After a middle school home economics teacher told her that her embroidery project looked weird and that it wasn’t really an activity for her to pursue, Jessica’s creative outlets took the form of writing and running for 20 years. Inspired by her late great-grandmother, Jessica finally took up quilting in her early 30s, as a way to express herself creatively in a visual format.

Jessica is drawn to solid color fabrics and has a particular fondness of black and pink quilts. She enjoys creating designs using simple blocks. She shares her work on Instagram (@maeberrysquare) and on her blog (www.maeberrysquare.com).

Jessica’s greatest quilting joys have come from making quilts for all of her family, including special projects for her husband, daughter and for her grandmother, who was dying from ALS at the time the quilt was gifted.

Jessica's work has been featured with the Modern Quilt Guild, including blocks of the month and quilt patterns. Her quilts have been juried into and displayed at QuiltCon, an international quilt show featuring modern quilts. She has earned recognition at state and national competitions, including the Iowa State Fair. She was a top 10 finalist for a creative scholarship from Craftsy (2018).

When she’s not in her studio, you can find Jessica running around after her daughter or running in races. She has completed 19 half marathons.

Find Jessica's patterns currently available in her Etsy shop

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