A Coastal Quilting Retreat

About Nancy Lee Chong


Nancy Lee Chong
PO Box 1222
Gold Beach, OR 97444-1222



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 appliqué quilts continue to be my specialty. My pieced and appliquéd 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 have produced two distinct lines of appliqué quilt patterns:

We have also produced two instructional videos:

In late 2007, my husband and I moved to the Oregon coast to be closer to the fishing that he loves and the ocean that I love.  I continue travelling to teach quilting, that is what I love doing.

My specialty

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

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

I have taught needleturn appliqué, hand quilting and even some machine piecing to thousands of quilters across the United States and Canada.  I would be happy to give you and your friends lessons at my quilt studio.  Or, if you are looking for a speaker or teacher for your shop, quilt guild or quilting event please contact me today to get on my schedule.
Email Nancy  Nancy@prqc.com

To see my full, detailed resume on the Pacific Rim Quilt Company website, click here.

To see descriptions of the classes I teach, click here.


Nancy Lee Chong

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