My husband, Mark, and I became the owners of
Pacific Rim Quilt Company on June 1, 2015.
The opportunity for Mark and I to purchase
Pacific Rim Quilt Company is a dream come true. Nancy Chong and Janice
Baehr created an amazing business, with great quality products and super
customer service, which we are proud to carry on.
We feel so blessed to follow in their footsteps.
I want all of you to know we intend to provide you the same high
level of customer service, and quality products you have come to rely
on. You can expect exciting, new, original designs; you will see us
vending at more quilt shows; and you will find us on social media making
it easier for you to share your quilt photos and creative ideas, and
easier for us to get the word out about what we are up to and where we
We are very pleased to assure you that Nancy will
continue to design for us, she will continue to teach, and you will see
her with us at quilt shows – she is not going away! Nancy and I will
continue designing new patterns to be
introduced regularly. We are also happy to tell you that Janice
will continue to make her incredible hand-dyed fabrics available through
I first became aware of Pacific Rim Quilt Company
in late 2008 when my husband and I moved to Gold Beach, Oregon.
I decided to join the local quilt guild, where I meet Nancy Lee
Chong. She has such a creative
spirit, that right away I knew I wanted to get to know her better and
learn from her. She was offering a
mystery applique class to the local guild members and I wanted to take
the class. Unfortunately the class
was for experienced applique artists only, and I had never appliqued. No
problem! I signed up for the class anyway, and spent the next few weeks
watching videos online, teaching myself the basics of needleturn
applique. I learned even more
during Nancy’s class and became hopelessly addicted.
After the class Nancy and I became good friends.
She taught me all about Hawaiian quilting. I even designed my own
Hawaiian quilt that I continue stitching on.
After spending time making and learning about Hawaiian quilts,
Mark and I visited Hawaii. Hawaii
is an unbelievable place.
Everything is good there; it smells good, tastes good, feels good,
sounds good and looks good. I will continue to learn everything I can
about Hawaiian quilting and it will continue to be a major emphasis of
Pacific Rim Quilt Company.
My journey as a wife, mother and quilt artist
began in Casper, Wyoming, where I grew up.
My mother taught me to sew at an early age.
I took part in 4-H sewing and, of course, took high school Home
Economics. I made my own clothes
for many years. My Aunt
introduced me to quilting during my high school years.
She taught me to piece by hand, sparking a creative urge.
As a result, I am always creating things.
I love working with pottery, beading, weaving, making paper and
even designing jewelry.
After marrying Mark, my life and business
partner, 30 years ago, we gradually made our way to the west coast,
always living in relatively small communities.
We now live in Medford, OR, where Mark who has a CPA (retired)
and MBA works in finance. We have
two incredible children; both are grown, on their own, and making us
proud every day. I feel very
blessed to have been able to stay at home to raise them. Now they are
following their passions, setting an incredible example for me.
2008 everything changed when my youngest went off to college and my
mother bought me a book about quilt journaling.
I thought it would be an interesting way to jump start my
creativity. Little did I know it
would be the perfect inspiration!
I have been quilting and learning ever since.
Quilting has become my favorite pastime and now it will become my
life’s vocation, following my passion.
I am excited to meet you! Please introduce
yourself when you see me at quilts shows; I look forward to your phone
calls, emails and social media contacts.