Katherine Capotosto will present Thoroughly Modern Quilting during the Friday, Aug. 18, meeting of the Fairfield Glade Fantastic Quilters at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 231 Westchester Dr.
Capotosto, a Fantastic Quilt Guild member, she will address what qualities actually make a quilt “modern,” when the Modern Quilt Guild was established and what has drawn her to this style in quilting.
Capotosto was born and raised in Monroeville, PA. She holds a B.S. degree in respiratory therapy from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has worked in several hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana and New York.
“Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth; I think I may have been born with a sewing needle in my hand!” Capotosto said.
As a young child, she began learning to stitch Barbie doll clothes by hand. She remembers her hands were always busy with that and other crafts involving needles of one kind or another, including weaving, crocheting, crewel and even sewing her own clothes.
Capotosto’s interest in quilting began with a great-aunt. She said she knew as a child that this great-aunt was a professional seamstress because she would often sew matching outfits for her and her sisters, especially at Easter.
She had been unaware that she also quilted until after the great-aunt’s passing.
Capotosto now owns two quilts that her great-aunt made. One is very old, and the other was made in 1951 for the birth of Capotosto’s brother.
Capotosto said she was introduced to quilting in 1986, when she witnessed a neighbor piecing together a bunch of little fabric pieces into a quilt and she became fascinated by this process.
Shortly after, she also received in the mail a book, “Great American Quilts,” which contained the picture of a quilt that she seemed drawn to.