Nancy Lee Chong
Telephone: 425-512-8843

About Nancy Lee Chong

I love teaching applique! And the feedback I receive from my students inspires me to keep doing it. I've made it my mission to make sure quilters and needleworkers of all kinds learn just how easy and fun applique really is when it is not complicated by all kinds of extraneous tools and steps. If you have tried applique but not been happy with your results, or think it is just too hard, or you've been afraid to try because people around you have made you think it is hard, then I hope you will seriously consider taking a class from me. Whether you are brand new to quilting, or have been quilting for years, I am confident I can teach you what you need to make applique fun and easy!

My quilting background

I learned to make Hawaiian Quilts from Margaret Luika Kamaka in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, between 1978 and 1981. Calling on my degree in Education, I began teaching Hawaiian quiltmaking in 1982, when I moved to the Seattle, Washington area with my husband and daughter. In 1988, I made my first pieced quilt, and I have been making both traditional and art quilts since. Hawaiian quilting and applique quilts continue to be my specialty. My pieced and appliqued quilts have appeared in magazines, quilt books, and have traveled throughout the United States and to other countries.

In 1991 my sister, Janice Lee Baehr, and I formed Pacific Rim Quilt Company to sell our Hawaiian quilt patterns and promote Hawaiian Quilting. Together we produced three distinct lines of applique quilt patterns that I draw from in the classes I teach (available for purchase from the Shop button above):

  • Hawaiian Quilts

  • 2 Fabric Applique Quilts

  • Applique Quilt Borders & Table Runners

We also produced two instructional videos and a book/DVD set (available for purchase from the Shop button above):

  • Hawaiian Quilting with Nancy Lee Chong (2003)

  • 2 Fabric Appliqué Quilts with Nancy Lee Chong (2005).

  • Design Your Personal Hawaiian Quilt (2010)

While my sister and I sold Pacific Rim Quilt Company in 2015, I continue to work closely with the new owners, travel to teach wherever I'm invited, and design new quilt patterns.

My specialty

My specialty is stress-free needleturn applique. I put students directly in touch with their needle, thread, and fabric. I show how incredibly easy applique is without the use of freezer paper, toothpicks, starch, cardboard, back-basting, ironing, or interfacing -- all things that needlessly complicate what is otherwise a very simple process.

I've been teaching needleturn applique and Hawaiian quiltmaking since 1982. I receive rave reviews wherever I teach, including on the internet as an instructor at Academy of Quilting. After taking a class from me, beginners and experts agree that applique is not only possible, but positively addicting!

I've taught needleturn applique and hand quilting to thousands of quilters across the United States and Canada. If you are looking for a speaker or teacher for your shop, quilt guild or quilting event please contact me today to get added to my schedule.

Email:    Telephone: 425-512-8843

  • Click History, below, to see where I have taught and exhibited in the past.

  • Click Photo Gallery, below, to see pictures of a few of my quilts.


Nancy Lee Chong

Nancy Lee Chong
PO Box 932
Snohomish, WA 98291


Recent teaching engagements

Here are just a few of the places I have taught this year and last:

Academy of Applique, Virginia
Camano Island Quilters, Washington
Marys River Quilt Guild, Oregon
Mountain Stars Quilt Guild, Oregon
Mountain Top Quilters, Arizona
North Carolina Quilt Symposium, North Carolina
North Idaho Quilters, Idaho
Panhandle Piecemakers, Idaho
Princess Cruises, Hawaii
Quilt Passions Summer Camp, Hawaii
Quilters Anonymous, Washington
Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, Washington
Silverton Senior Center, Oregon

For the complete list see the History page.

A Real Student Comment:

"One of the most instructional classes I have taken. No wasted time. Thanks for being so well prepared and generous with your knowledge."

Click this image to print my 4-page brochure. It may be helpful to take to your local shop, or guild meeting.

Nancy Lee Chong brochure