Nancy Chong saw her first Hawaiian quilt in 1977, in Honolulu, and it changed her life. She completed her first queen-sized Hawaiian quilt in 1980, and began teaching hand appliqué and Hawaiian quilt making in 1982, when she moved from Oahu to Seattle with her husband and daughter. Nancy’s degree in education, her experience with all types of appliqué, and her understanding of what a beginner needs have made her one of the best hand appliqué teachers in the U.S. She started teaching online at Quilt U in 2001 and then at the Academy of Quilting in 2014 after Quilt U closed down.
Nancy’s quilts have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and she has traveled throughout the U.S. sharing her stress-free approach to needleturn appliqué. In 1991, she and her sister, Janice Baehr, formed Pacific Rim Quilt Company to publish their original Hawaiian quilt patterns. In 2002, they curated Hawaiian Quilts: An Evolving Tradition at the Pacific Northwest Quiltfest. They have produced two instructional videos, "Hawaiian Quilting with Nancy Lee Chong" and "2 Fabric appliqué Quilts With Nancy Lee Chong." You can visit her website to see their patterns and other interesting features about Hawaiian quilts.
Nancy was a legal secretary in Honolulu and Seattle for 25 years. In December 2000, she quit her day job and is now teaching, lecturing, designing, and quilting full time. Her new boss is stricter about how she uses her time, but she is having the time of her life!