Though she has been sewing all her life, quilting is a new passion for Jacquie. The improvisational spirit of the quilts of Gees Bend inspired her to make her first quilt. The improvisational approach provided the freedom she craved and the opportunity to explore her creative potential. Jacquie's quilt designs fuse her Mennonite background and respect for tradition with her modern design aesthetic. Quilting Modern, Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts (Interweave Press, 2012) is her first book.
Jacquie is a contributing designer and author for Stitch and Quilter's World magazines and her quilts have been featured in several national and international publications. She is one of the designers featured in the books, Block Party and the Kona Solids Collaborative. Jacquie is a leader in the modern quilting movement. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Modern Quilt Guild and is one of the founding members and former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Jacquie teaches and talks quilting across the country and shares her designs and quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio. She lives in downtown Chicago with her husband, Steve, and her black lab, Bruno. Visit her blog at tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com.