Meet the Staff: Erin Russek

by Erin Russek
Erin Russek

Erin Russek

Associate Editor Erin Russek loves to make applique quilts, but that wasn’t always the case! With a science background she was led to quilting in an unusual way. Read on to learn a little bit about the staff that bring you Fons & Porter, McCall’s Quilting, and many other titles!

“Pop-up Posies” • Appliqued by Erin Russek, Machine Quilted by Karen McTavish

“Pop-up Posies” • Appliqued by Erin Russek, Machine Quilted by Karen McTavish

“I grew up in sunny southern California doing all the things kids do in warm coastal places, mainly playing tennis, swimming, and hanging out at the beach. It seemed like I was in school FOREVER and eventually got a Master’s degree in Physics, of all things. I met my husband when we were both students and we eventually moved to Colorado in 1990. When our first child was born I decided to try being a stay-at-home mom because, as everyone knows, physics is such good training for that.

“Bluebird’s Piece of Cake” • Center and border designed by Erin Russek, small blocks by Piece O’ Cake Designs, appliqued by Erin Russek, Machine Quilted by Karen Dovala, photo by Ken Sanville

“Bluebird’s Piece of Cake” • Center and border designed by Erin Russek, small blocks by Piece O’ Cake Designs, appliqued by Erin Russek, Machine Quilted by Karen Dovala, photo by Ken Sanville

As a student I needed a creative outlet and quilting was the perfect way to combine my love of math with design. My first quilt was a queen-size Ohio Star that is now completely worn out. My second quilt included both piecing and applique. This applique quilt hooked me into quilting. Over the years my quilts have evolved from being very geometric with just a little applique to being mainly applique. I find slow, quiet stitching to be a great antidote to the busy pace of my life. A co-worker once asked me how I developed my style. I told her that I just kept drawing things and then turning those drawings into quilts. I love drawing as much as I love quilting, so I recently had one of my drawings turned into a tattoo. Now I can truly say, ‘The art of quilting is really a part of me.’”

 

“Sri Yantra” • Pieced by Erin Russek, Machine Quilted by Lois Knight, photo by Ken Sanville

“Sri Yantra” • Pieced by Erin Russek, Machine Quilted by Lois Knight, photo by Ken Sanville

We love having such diverse backgrounds on our editorial staff, each member brings their own perspectives and life experiences, which lets us bring YOU the best content possible! Don’t forget to subscribe to never miss meeting the staff, and all of their wonderful designs and patterns. Interested in patterns designed by Erin? Check some out here!

Sew long,
–Katie


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