Janice Lee Baehr ♦ Resume
JANICE LEE BAEHR
Specializing in Hawaiian Quilting and Fabric Dyeing
Janice has been sewing since she was five, and even made a few simple quilts
before 1982, but she considers that she became a real quilter only
when she began her first Hawaiian quilt in 1982. Janice learned to make
Hawaiian quilts from her sister, Nancy Lee Chong. Through the years Janice has
branched out to machine piecing and quilting, traditional and
contemporary quilts, fabric dyeing, quilt photography and writing.
Hawaiian quilting in all its evolving forms remains her first love.
While Nancy is best known as
the teacher, Janice has been the behind-the-scenes person who manages
most aspects of Pacific Rim Quilt Company. Janice received her
Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University
of Washington in 1997. In 1999, Janice brought up their web site
and continues as the web master. Janice does the photography for
their company, including Nancy and Janice’s on-line classes at QuiltUniversity.com. She also has added her hand-dyed fabrics to their
product line, wanting Hawaiian quilters and appliquers to have a source
of fabrics suitable for their art.
Janice has taught Hawaiian quilting and Broderie perse applique through the years, most of
her teaching up to 2002 was in Project Management during her 23-year
banking career. Janice now teaches "Photographing Your Quilts" on QuiltUniversity.com and does group presentations show-casing
her hand-dyed fabrics.
Janice’s quilts have appeared
in several books, magazines and quilt shows, and she has sold a number
of her quilts into private collections. Her first magazine article,
“Designing Hawaiian Applique Without the Tropics”, was published by
Threads magazine (Aug/Sept 2003 issue). Her article “12 Tips for
Better Quilt Pics” appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of American
Quilter. In 2012 she published our first book "Design Your Personal Hawaiian Quilt", with Nancy.
Janice lives and works in the
country about 40 miles northeast of Seattle with her husband of 30+
years. They opted out on the kid thing, and have had a variety of cats
through the years. Janice
has little spare time, but she and her husband enjoy traveling in their
motor home and jamming with music friends. Her husband is a
retired carpenter, luthier and guitar player -- nostalgic and old
dance tunes. With her husband's encouragement Janice now
plays the mandolin. On occasion, she still manages to make a quilt
every so often!
As you can see, Janice has been active in many aspects of quilting for
over 30 years. If you are looking for a speaker for your shop, quilt guild or quilting event please contact
Following are highlights of Janice's accomplishments.
- Kimono Beauty Wall Quilt. Asian Fabric, Kona Bay Fabrics, Issue #8, 2007.
- 12 Tips for Better Quilt Pics. American Quilter, American Quilter's Society, Fall 2006, Vol. XXII, No.3.
- Hawaiian Quilting With Nancy Lee Chong. The Applique Society, newsletter, January 2004, Volume 7, Number 3.
- 12 Quilt Photography Tips. Pacific Northwest Quilter, Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, Winter 2004.
- Designing Hawaiian Applique Without the Tropics. Threads, Taunton Press, September 2003, Number 108.
Publications Featured In
- "Midnight on the Oasis" (Janice's original quilt for the
Orchid Oasis pattern) appears in the book
Sewflakes: Papercut-Applique Quilts, by Kathy K Wylie, page 4, C&T Publishing, 2007
- "Hawaiian Quilting Sisters: Nancy Lee Chong & Janice Lee Baehr".
The Quilting Quarterly, National Quilters Association, Spring 2004.
Janice's quilt "Mohala i ka wai ka maka o ka pua:
Unfolded by the waters are the many faces of the flowers", was
the cover photo on the Pacific Northwest Quiltfest Special Edition Newsletter, Fall 2002.
- "Shades of Years Past" appeared in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine,
Quilt Show, page 42, June 1997.
- "Love Those '60's (or, where have all the Hippies gone?)" appears in the book
Op-Art Quilts, by Marilyn Doheny, page 36, Doheny Publications, Inc, 1996.
- "Isometrick" appears in the book
Isometric Perspective, by Katie Pasquini-Masopust, page 46, C&T Publishing 1992.
- Tropical Treats: The Hawaiian Quilts of 2 Sisters, Nancy Lee Chong & Janice Lee Baehr.
Co-curated exhibit at the American Quilter's Society show, Nashville, Tennessee, 2007.
- An Applique Adventure. Curated exhibit of applique quilts at the Sew-Quilt-Embroidery Festival,
Honolulu, HI, 2005.
- Hawaiian Quilting: An Evolving Tradition. Curated exhibit at APNQ's Quiltfest Northwest. Seattle, Washington, 2002.
- Hawaiian Quilts. Co-curated special exhibit of Hawaiian quilts and Featured Artist
at the Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, Washington, 1990.
- Dyeing to Quilt, annual juried and invitational quilt exhibit at the Benton County Historical Society
& Museum, Philomath, OR, 2004. Janice's quilt Midnight on the Oasis (picture at right) was invited to be exhibited.
- Quilting Hands, featured artists, quilt demonstrations & display, Ferndale, Washington, 2001.
- To Honor and Comfort, quilt demonstrations & display at the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma,
- Invitational Hawaiian Quilt Show. La Conner Quilt Museum, Featured Artists, quilts displayed.
La Conner, Washington, 2000.
- Illusions, annual juried and invitational quilt exhibit at the Benton County Historical Society &
Museum, Philomath, OR, 1993. Janice's quilt Tantra was invited to be exhibited.
- QuiltFest USA's "Quilts '93" show in Louisville, KY. Janice's quilt "Kanikapila" was selected as part
of the Baer Fabrics challenge exhibit.
- Calico Basket, featured artists, quilts displayed. Edmonds, Washington, 1999.
- Make-a-Wish Foundation Home, quilts displayed. Federal Way, Washington, 1990.
- Thirteenth Marymoor Heritage Festival, Master Craftsman program. Marymoor Park, Redmond, Washington, 1986.
Photographing Your Quilts
- QuiltUniversity.com, 2003-present
- QuiltWorks Northwest, Bellevue, WA, 2005
- QuiltWorks Northewest, Bellevue, WA, 2007-present
- Eastside Quilters, Bellevue, WA, 2007 & 2008
I Live to Dye (fabric that is!)
- Evergreen Quilters Guild, Bellingham, WA, 2007
- Needle and I Quilt Guild, Shoreline, WA, 2005
- Busy Bees Quilters, Snohomish, WA, 2003
Design & Dye
- Hawaii Quilt Guild, Honolulu, HA, 2005
- Maui Quilt Guild, Kahului, HA, 2005
Quilt Association Participatoin
- Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, Vice President, 2002-2004
- The Applique Society, member, 1997-present