Based in Ventura, CA, Jennifer Rapacki is a
tech-savvy fabric artisan specializing in combining traditional quilting techniques with technology driven designs and inkjet printing on fabric.
Jennifer teaches classes in Photoshop Elements for Quilters, Electric Quilt, Fabric Weaving, Tatting, and her new Peekaboo fabric reverse applique technique. In her lecture, Creativity Unleashed: Modern Technology for Quilters, she presents many of the possibilities when using a computer as a design tool for quilts.
Another article by Jennifer was published in the Quilting Arts Feb/Mar issue - Color Change Binding, pg 38.
The article is about how to join binding in the corners. Originally used for the custom printed binding on Malibu on Fire, it is great for changing colors in the corners as in Stars that I See.
This technique also works well on small quilts where it would be difficult to join binding in the middle of a side. In fact, now most of Jennifer's quilts are finished this way no matter the size, because she likes the finished, clean look in the corners with no joins on the quilt sides.
Workshop sample made with a Moda
5 inch precut "Charm pack", Hi-De-Ho
"Creativity Unleashed: Modern Technology for Quilters"
Just what can you do with Modern Technology in quiltmaking? In the lecture Jennifer shares her experiences and designs using Adobe Photoshop Elements, Frax HD, (a fractal app for the iPad), and Electric Quilt along with inkjet printing on fabric. Many samples of quilts will be shown along with a few quilts created with more traditional techniques. The lecture is a powerpoint presentation / trunk show format.
"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
Design That! Quilt with Electric Quilt (EQ7)
Increase your quilting creative potential! Take your design process to a new level by learning the EQ Quilt Design software. Hands-on class, laptop required. 1/2 day & 1 day options.
Modern Tools Sampler Sample Photoshop Elements and Electric Quilt to see how the software can fit into your quilting toolbox. In class you will be introduced to the basic tools of the software programs by learning about editing, sizing and printing photos in Elements and about the workspaces in EQ7 by creating a quilt.
Trial software available. Hands-on class, laptop required.
NOTE: Students can "try before they buy" with trial versions of the both software program. Students can also use a PC or a MAC. While Electric Quilt is now available for the MAC, the trial version is only available on a PC.
New! Fractal That! Quilt Design on an iPad Learn how to use the Frax HD app on your iPad to create a unique quilt design which can be printed on fabric or used as an applique pattern. Info will also be provided on printing at home or online.
Hands-on class, iPad/iPhone required. 1/2 day
Weave That! Creative Custom Fabric
Jazz up that purse, iron tote, bag, quilt, shirt (the list can go on and on) with custom-made woven fabric. It's surprisingly easy to do and worth the effort. Students will learn how to weave 1” wide strips of raw edge fabric to create a whole new unique piece of fabric that will be used to make a zippered pouch. Thread Embellishment adds the final pizzazz. 1 day. Click here for more info and samples.
Can't make it to one of the classes or don't live in Southern California? Jennifer can provide one-on-one training via the internet if you have a high speed internet connection. Contact her for more information and fees.