Dee is a retired pharmaceutical clinical researcher who has now become an avid quilter. Growing up in Lititz, PA., Dee was blessed to have had a paternal great-grandmother and grandmother who quilted, tatted and knitted as well as a mother who was proficient in garment sewing. These women were great mentors, and in addition to learning from them she learned while smelling Wilbur chocolate! Early childhood sewing for Dee included doll clothes and doll blankets and then progressed to personal clothing, handbags and totes as well as clothing and quilts for three sons and seven grandchildren. In retirement, the extra time for large quilting projects became available and Dee’s usual projects include over-sized king-size bed quilts as well as projects that combine quilt making with decorative stitching and machine embroidery. Learning to cut and piece accurately has become a staple in Dee’s quilt making repertoire and has become so much easier with the help of her new favorite tool – the Accuquilt Go cutter. Dee now lives in Pennsburg, PA with her husband, Tom and her two Airedale Terriers.
Tom Marino started quilting in 2018, after retiring from Temple University where he was a Professor for 38 years. An avid photographer, Tom’s goal was to be able to take his photographs and make fabric art. His wife, Dee, is an accomplished quilter, and was able to help Tom get his start. Under her guidance he learned many of the basics of quilting, embroidery and appliqué. Taking classes he learned how to use thread painting to enhance his work. Recently he has been using free motion quilting and rulers on the Bernina Longarm Q24 and trying to develop his quilting skills.