artisan in fabric

About Jennifer

The PC revolution was just beginning when Jennifer Rapacki entered the work world and she quickly found herself drawn to this new area. Her knack for quickly understanding new computer software and concepts led to diverse experiences in Computer Information Systems. She has worked with a wide variety of MAC, UNIX & Windows system software and hardware. She graduated from Purdue University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and then added an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 1985.

Jennifer left corporate America in 1999 having spent 20 years working as a computer engineer for major corporations:  Westinghouse Electric, Lockheed Martin and Walt Disney Feature Animation. She then started helping small businesses with Web Site Design and Computer Consulting.

Jenny Eggers Rapacki
Jennifer pointing out the DJ fabric she designed for this quilt

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 (2002-2003) 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 from 2003 to 2006. 

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 which 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™.

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Publications

September 2017

Fractal That!
American Quilter, page 40

Feb/Mar 2017 Color Change Binding
Quilting Arts Magazine, page 38
October 2013 Unleash the Possibilities, The Quilt Life Magazine, page 54.  Advantages of and advice for using a computer for quilt design.
Aug/Sep 2012 Ready, Click, Print! A Comparison of Prepared Inkjet Fabric Sheets,
Quilting Arts Magazine, page 78
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Juried Shows

September 2017 MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest, Springfield, IL. Cosmic Swirl
September 2017 AQS Fall Show, Paducah, KY. Malibu on Fire
April 2017 AQS Spring Show, Paducah, KY. Very Cellular
October 2016 MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest, Springfield, IL. Springtime at my House
September 2016 Quilt Expo Juried & Judged Quilt Contest, Madison, WI. Grandpa's Rose Garden
Oct/Nov 2015 International Quilt Festival/Houston annual IQA fall Judged Show, Quilts: A World of BeautySpringtime at My House was exhibited in the Miniature Art Quilt category.
January 2015 Road to California, 2015 ShowcaseSpringtime at my House and Malibu on Fire
Oct/Nov 2013 International Quilt Festival/Houston annual IQA fall Judged Show, Quilts: A World of BeautyDogwood Splendor was exhibited in the Miniature Art Quilt category.
October 2013 Pacific International Quilt Festival Juried and Judged Competition, "Indie": Grandpa's Rose Garden
Oct/Nov 2012 International Quilt Festival/Houston annual IQA fall Judged Show, Quilts: A World of BeautyPixel Pizzazz 1 - Poppies was exhibited in the Miniature Art Quilt category.
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Testimonials

"I just wanted to thank you profusely and let you know how much I (and everybody else) enjoyed the class you taught in King City last Saturday. You made learning the computer programs such a pleasant experience for us and you are an absolutely DELIGHTFUL person with excellent teaching skills. Thanks again and keep up the good work in the quilting world!!!! "

Karen Benedix
Valley Heritage Quilt Guild
King City, CA

"I was a little worried that Jennifer's topic may be too technical for our guild members. Boy was I wrong! She is a great speaker and her slide show + trunk show was really engaging and fun. Everyone in the audience stayed interested and asked tons of questions, especially when she started showing how she created images and transferred designs to fabric on her home printer or by using services such as Spoonflower. I think we all saw the possibilities for incorporating a lot of new ideas into our quilting. I would highly recommend Jennifer to any Guild looking for a speaker who can open new creative doors for their members."

Mary
San Francisco Bay Area

"Thanks for a very good workshop last Saturday for the Westside Quilters. We appreciate all your knowledge and the way you presented the information with great patience."

Roberta Walley
Co-chair Programs
Westside Quilters

See where Jennifer has also Lectured and Taught ....

2017

 
Jul 26, 2017 Valley Quilt Guild, Yuba City, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, Jul 28/29 - Weave That! Quilt Background
Jul 6, 2017 Pine Mountain Scrappers Quilt Guild, Pine Mountain Club, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, Jul 7- Weave That! Quilt Background
May 15, 2017 Friendship Square Quilt Guild, La Habra, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, May 16 - Weave That! Quilt Background
May 11, 2017 El Camino Quilt Guild, Oceanside, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, May 12 - Weave That! Quilt Background / Peekaboo
May 3, 2017 Santa Monica Quilt Guild, Santa Monica, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, May 6 - Weave That! Quilt Background / Peekaboo
May 1, 2017 Almond Country Quilt Guild, Paso Robles, CA
Lecture - More Creativity Unleashed
Apr 27, 2017 Nite Owl Quilters Guild, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, Apr 29 - 1/2 day each
Pixelate That! with Photoshop Elements
Charm Pack Peekaboo Mugrug, Cake Plate Rug or Tablerunner
Apr 18, 2017 River City Quilter's Guild, Sacramento, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, Apr 19- Weave That! Quilt Background / Peekaboo
Mar 7, 2017 Petaluma Quilt Guild, Petaluma, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Feb 27, 2017 North Cities Quilt Guild, Placentia, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, Feb 28- Weave That! Quilt Background
Feb 2, 2017 Annie's Star Quilt Guild, Chico, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop - Charm Pack Peekaboo Mini Quilt
Jan 22, 2017 Road2CA, Ontario, CA
Fractal That! Quilt Design on an iPad, 8 - 11
Jan 21, 2017 Road2CA, Ontario, CA
Print That! with Photoshop Elements, 1 - 4
Jan 21, 2017 Road2CA, Ontario, CA
Fractal That! Quilt Design on an iPad, 8 - 11
Jan 20, 2017 Road2CA, Ontario, CA
Weave That! Quilt Background , 8 - 4
Jan 19, 2017 Road2CA, Ontario, CA
Charm Pack Peekaboo Tablerunner, 8 - 4

2016

 
Sep 19, 2016 Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Sep 8, 9, 10, 2016 Quilt Expo, Madison, Wisconsin
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Each day at 4 pm
Aug 25, 2016 Orange Blossom Quilters, Visalia, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Aug 27) - 1/2 day Pixelate That, 1/2 day Weave That
May 22, 2016 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Charm Pack Peekaboo Mini Quilt/Centerpiece, 10 - 4
click here for the class flyer
Apr 13, 2016 Meet the Teachers, NCQC, Pleasant Hill, CA
Apr 11, 2016 Valley Heritage Quilt Guild, King City, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Apr 9, 2016 Meet the Teachers, SCCQG, Carson, CA
Apr 5, 2016 Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild, Long Beach, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Mar 21, 2016 Conejo Valley Quilters, Thousand Oaks, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop, Mar 20 - Print That! with Photoshop Elements
Workshop, Mar 21 - Weave That! Quilt Background
Mar 12, 2016 Coachella Valley Quilt Guild, Palm Springs, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop - Weave That! Quilt Background
Mar 4 -9, 2016 Empty Spools Seminars - Artist in Residence
Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA
Jan 14, 2016 Desert Quilters of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Jan 15) - Weave That! Quilt Background or Pouch
Workshop (Jan 16) - Modern Tools Sampler

2015

 
Nov 1, 2015 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Weave That! Quilt Background, 9 am-noon
click here for more info & samples
Oct 31, 2015 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Saturday Sampler - Stitched Mitered Corner Binding, demo
10 am - Noon
Oct 30, 2015 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
More Pixelating That! with Photoshop Elements, 6-9 pm
click here for more info & samples
Oct 30, 2015 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Tat That! Embellishment, all day
click here for more info & samples
Oct 14, 2015 Chula Vista Quilters Guild, Chula Vista, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Sep 8, 2015 Sun City Lincoln Hills Needle Arts Group, Lincoln, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Aug 23 & 30, 2015 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
2 Sunday sessions- Tat That! Embellishment, 1 - 4
Aug 15, 2015 Simi Valley, CA
Workshop - Pixelate That! with Photoshop Elements
Jun 8 & 9, 2015 Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, Santa Rosa, CA
More Pixelating That! - 2 day workshop
May 17, 2015 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Weave That! Quilt Background, 10 - 4
Click here for the class flyer
May 14, 2015 Beach Cities Guild, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (May 15) - Weave That! Quilt Background
Apr 25, 2015 Meet the Teachers, SCCQG, Carson, CA
Apr 16, 2015 Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, Santa Rosa, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Apr 17) - Modern Tools Sampler
Apr 15, 2015 Meet the Teachers, NCQC, Pleasant Hill, CA
Apr 13, 2015 San Fernando Valley Quilt Association, Northridge, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Apr 12) - Weave That! Creative Custom Fabric
Mar 14, 2015 SLO Creative Studio, San Luis Obispo, CA
Workshop - Modern Tools Sampler
Feb 26, 2015 Quilters Etc., Lompoc, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Feb 28) - Weave That! Creative Custom Fabric
Jan 8, 2015 Coastal Quilters Guild, Santa Barbara, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Jan 9) - Modern Tools Sampler

2014

 
Nov 1, 2014 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Workshop - Creative Custom Fabric by Weaving 1-inch Raw Edged Fabric Strips, all-day
Oct 31, 2014 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
4 - 5 pm
Oct 31, 2014 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Friday Sampler - Creative Custom Fabric by Weaving, demo
10 am - Noon
Oct 29, 2014 Fall International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Workshop - Pixelate That! with Photoshop Elements, all-day
Oct 6, 2014 Almond Country Quilt Guild, Paso Robles, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Oct 4, 2014 Picking Daisies, San Luis Obispo, CA
Workshop - Creative Custom Fabric - Weaving
Sep 20, 2014 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Create Custom Fabric - Weaving, 10 - 4
Aug 25, 2014 Inland Empire Quilter's Guild, Corona, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop - TBD
Jun 19, 2014 Quaking Aspen Quilt Guild, Boulder, CO
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshops (Jun 26 & 30) – Pixelate That! with Photoshop Elements
Jun 10, 2014

Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, Folsom, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Jun 11)- Create Custom Fabric - Weaving
Workshop (Jun 12)- Pixelate That! with Photoshop Element

Jun 7 & 8, 2014 More Pixelating That, Oxnard, CA
A 2 day retreat for students who have attended one of the Intro Photoshop Elements workshops
May 14, 2014 Glendale Quilt Guild, Glendale, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (May 17) - Pixelate That!
May 8, 2014 Valley Oak Quilt Guild, Tulare, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop - Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Apr 16, 2014 Meet the Teachers, NCQC, Pleasant Hill, CA
Apr 12, 2014 Meet the Teachers, SCCQG, Carson, CA
Mar 8, 2013 Piecemakers Quilt Guild of So. Alameda County, Newark, CA
Workshop - Modern Tools for Quilters Sampler
Feb 23, 2014 Picking Daisies, San Luis Obispo, CA
Workshop - Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Feb 12, 2014 Orange Grove Quilters Guild, Garden Grove, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop - Pixelate That!
Jan 16, 2014 Legacy Quilters Guild, Lakeside, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Jan 18) - Photoshop Elements for Quilters

2013

 
Nov 18, 2013 North County Quilters, Escondido, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop - Software Sampler
Nov 16, 2013 Wearable Art Connection of Southern California
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Nov 17) - Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Oct 10, 2013 San Joaquin Valley Quilters' Guild, Fresno, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilter
Workshop (Oct 12) - Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Sep 21, 2013 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Create Custom Fabric (Fabric Weave), 10 - 4
Sep 18, 2013 Los Angeles County Quilters Guild, Downey, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Sep 19) - Create Custom Fabric (Fabric Weaving)
Aug 27, 2013 Gold Bug Quilters Guild of El Dorado County, Placerville, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Aug 12 & 19, 2013 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Photoshop Elements for Quilters, 10 - 1
May 27, 2013 Bear Valley Quilters, Los Osos, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilter
May 7, 2013 Piecemakers Quilt Guild of So. Alameda County, Newark, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (May 11) - Create Custom Fabric (Fabric Weaving)
Apr 17, 2013 Meet the Teachers, NCQC, Fairfield, CA
Apr 13, 2013 Meet the Teachers, SCCQG, Carson, CA
Feb 14, 2013 TLC Quilters Guild, Covina, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Feb 16)- Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Jan 17, 2013 High Country Quilters Guild, Palmdale, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Workshop (Jan 19)- Electric Quilt
Jan 12, 2013

Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Create Custom Fabric (Fabric Weave), 10 - 4

2010 - 2012

 
Apr 22, 2012 Westside Quilters, Los Angeles, CA
Workshop - Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Feb 4, 2012 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Photoshop Elements for Quilters
Jan 11, 2012 Santa Maria Valley Quilt Guild, Santa Maria, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilters
Mar 28, 2011 Bear Valley Quilters, Los Osos, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilter
Oct 16, 2010 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Electric Quilt
Feb 10, 2010 All America City Quilt Guild, Orcutt, CA
Lecture - Creativity Unleashed:  Modern Technology for Quilter
Jan 9, 2010 Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt, CA
Class - Electric Quilt

 

 

 

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