JENNIFER RAPACKI, SPEAKER AND WORKSHOP, FEBRUARY 2018

Jennifer, a mechanical engineer with an MBA,, spent 20 years working as a computer engineer for major corporations including  Westinghouse Electric, Lockheed Martin and Walt Disney Feature Animation. She then started helping small businesses with web site design and computer consulting.


Beyond her technical skills, one of Jennifer's loves has always been working with fabric. She worked part-time as a Freelance Educator for Husqvarna Viking for several years, which allowed her to start merging her computer and sewing skills.   In addition, she worked as a part-time scan tech/educator for Unique Patterns.


Learning to sew as a child, Jennifer has been working with fabric for over 40 years. Her skills include couture sewing, tailoring, quilting, and home dec. Because Photoshop is the primary design tool that Jennifer uses for web design, she also started using Photoshop as a design tool for her quilts.  With Adobe's release of Photoshop Elements for home use, Jennifer started teaching Photoshop Elements to Quilters along with Electric Quilt, which she uses to design block-based quilts.


After her own quilt guild asked her to speak about what she was doing with inkjet printing on fabric at home and Electric Quilt, she started offering her lecture about Modern Technology for Quilters to other quilt guilds. Not everything Jennifer does in quilting involves using a computer tool :-). She teaches non-tech classes that include the Weave That! series using a fabric weaving technique, tatting and a new technique, Peekaboo Fabric Reverse Applique, where she adapted a couture button hole technique, spanish snap buttonhole, to quilt making and designed the acrylic Peekaboo Fabric Tools™.


These are some of her quilts:

February 22  Workshop: Weave That!  Quilt Background


Create a unique textured background for a small wall quilt that looks pieced but isn’t.  The technique is weaving 1-inch wide raw edge strips of fabric on the diagonal. No piecing required, thus no Y seams.


The applique is raw edge and a bit of wool batting is used for the trapunto effect in the flower, stem and leaf.


In class we will weave a 14" x 20" background using 3 fabrics: 2 medium/dark and 1 medium. Fabric close in value works well for the background as seen in the sample to the right, which uses these 3 Kaffe fabrics.