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Jessica Plunkett of Maeberry Square

Interviewed by Elizabeth Townsend Gard

Date August 2019

Jessica Plunkett is a quilt pattern designer and lecturer 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 (

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. 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






Etsy Shop

"In the right direction" pattern

Biking and cats

Craftsy Fellowship finalist

Quilt Project Tracking Document

Part of Just Wanna Quilt 

Great grandmother quilting

Riley Blake Competition (3rd place winner)



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