Gailen “Right On!” Runge’s 10 years at C&T Publishing!

Gailen Runge (pronouced run-gee) has been working at C&T Publishing for just over ten years. I asked her to share a few thoughts about her time at this wonderful playground we call “the office”…

Flying Colors

My start

I’ve been at C&T since October 1, 2002.I started as a technical editor.

I was hesitant to send in my résumé.I had been in publishing for 10 years and then I started my own custom-made quilt business. I missed publishing and working on a team. I owned lots of C&T books (Alex Anderson’s Simply Stars was on my bookshelf and I was waiting to make a quilt from it). To me, C&T was Mecca—I’m a quilter and an editor, and the office was a 20-minute drive from my house. I fantasized about getting a job but kept delaying sending in my résumé. What if they said no? Then the dream was gone. Needless to say, I pulled myself together and sent in a résumé.

Fanciful Stitches

I was a technical editor for just under a year before being promoted to editorial director. The lovely woman in that position before me left and put me forward for the job. I still had to interview with 13 people before they hired me for it!

I became creative director a few years later, combing the editorial and production departments into the creative department.

Now I oversee everything from acquisitions through editing, photography, and design into manufacturing. When the books and products arrive in our warehouse, ownership of the project officially passes off to sales and marketing.

Beautiful Building Block Quilts

Times change!

When I started, we produced 40–44 books a year and some stationery. We were just closing down a line of wrapping paper.

We now do more than 60 books a year in our core C&T imprint, our Stash Books imprint, and an exciting new imprint launching in March 2013. We have an amazing line of gift products, tools, and consumable products, not to mention our electronic offerings, including apps and ebooks as well as

A Quilting Life


We’ve had some amazingly exciting successes during my tenure. Many I had a hand in—sometimes large and sometimes very small. We really are team-oriented here and that collaboration makes everything better. It improves the product or effort and it makes it so much more fun. So even things I had nothing to do with give me a great sense of pride in the product and in the group and a sense of success.

The first book I ever worked on, I believe, was Piece O’ Cake’s Contemporary Classics in Plaids and Stripes. I worked on many Piece O’ Cake books and have loved getting to know the authors, Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins over the years.

Fresh Perspectives

The first big thing I was a part of was being the technical editor at our how-to photo shoots. I worked with Diane Pederson on them. We were figuring out how to do them—how to set up the shots, how to best show hands. We were set up in our conference room for each shoot. Diane was the photographer on the shoots. She was also the first C&T employee. She’s been here 23 years and has held nearly every position. I was so new and so green during the first shoots, and I was so intimidated by Diane. She’s smart, amazingly creative, and beautifully graceful and composed. She totally has it all pulled together. I felt so out of my depth then! Diane has expanded our photo efforts and has worked with other wonderful photographers to set up our own in-house photo studio and a whole process for taking the exciting set shot photography we feature in our Stash Books. So creative!

Adventures in Design

What I love the most

 I love the team here. From the support of the owners (Todd and Tony Hensley) to the amazing leadership and creativity of the publisher (Amy Marson) to everyone in every department, we are really a family. If I need a hand, if I need a pat on the back, or if I need a new solution, I can get it anywhere in this building. We care about each other professionally and personally, and it’s an incredibly creative and supportive and healthy place to be.

When it comes to products and books, I can’t pick my favorite. I really like them all. And because I anthropomorphize everything, I’d actually feel guilty if I did pick a favorite! Kind of like my kids…

In Love with Squares and Rectangles

Thank you, Gailen!  Right on! Oh, and in case you were wondering, Gailen’s nickname— “Right On”—actually started during my time at C&T, which has only been 4 months! During one of our regular meetings that occurs for every title we publish—we were, admittedly, a little punch-drunk (you know, when you are tired and done but still happy to be doing what you’re doing?)—and Amy, our publisher just started saying “Right On” Runge and, well, it stuck. At least for me it did!


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  1. Posted December 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Gailen!

  2. Posted November 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on 10 years! I had the pleasure of meeting Gailen when I won a beginners’ sewing lesson from her. She helped me make my son’s Halloween costume (a blue crayon) and taught me how to hem jeans. She was awesome in every way.

  3. Allison
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Hello! Thank you for commenting – all of the quilts in this post are from our books – past, present, and future! Simply click on the image and it will take you to the product page for more information.

    Thanks for coming by and, thanks for asking!

  4. candy
    Posted November 30, 2012 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    Love to know where the last quilt is from (which book I guess?). Thanks

  • january

    All-in-One Quilter's Reference Tool, Updated Second Edition by Harriet Hargrave, Sharyn Craig, Alex Anderson, and Liz Aneloski for C&T Publishing
  • Backyard Birds by Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins for C&T Publishing
  • January – Stash Books

    Quilt Lab--The Creative Side of Science by Alexandra Winston for Stash Books
  • me & my sewing adventure - an intermediate guide by Kate Haxell for Stash Books
  • january – stash products

    fast2clean Brave & Bold Mini Microfiber Static-Cling Cleaners
  • February

    Wild Blooms & Colorful Creatures by Wendy Williams for C&T Publishing
  • February – Stash Books

    Adding Layers--Color, Design & Imagination by Kathy Doughty for Stash Books
  • Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Caria Hegeman Crim for Stash Books
  • February – Pattern Pack

    MODKID™ Summer Fun by Patty Young for Stash Books
  • February – products

    Kraft-tex Black
  • Kraft-tex White - Kraft Paper Fabric from C&T Publishing
  • march

    American Homestead Quilts by Ellen Murphy for C&T Publishing
  • Fresh Family Traditions by Sherri McConnell for C&T Publishing
  • March – products

    Spunbond for C&T Publishing
  • Essential Applique Pins from Piece O' Cake Designs for C&T Publishing
  • March – Stash Books

    Playful Petals by Corey Yoder for Stash Books
  • At Home with Modern June by Kelly McCants for Stash Books
  • March – Stash Books Products

    Posey Patch - Eco Tote by Corey Yoder for Stash Books
  • March – FunStitch Studio

    We Love to Sew--Bedrooms by Annabel Wrigley for FunStitch Studio
  • April

    Quilting... Just a Little Bit Crazy by Allie Aller and Valerie Bothell for C&T Publishing
  • Bargello--Quilts in Motion by Ruth Ann Berry
  • April – Stash Books

    The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu for Stash Books
  • Tenny Tiny Megagerie by Noriko Komurata for Stash Books
  • April – FunStitch Studio

    Sew in Style--Make Your Own Doll Clothes by Erin Henztel for FunStitch Studio
  • May – Stash Books

    Free-Motion Quilting Workbook by Angela Walters for Stash Books
  • Stitch 'n Swap by Jake Finch for Stash Books
  • Make & Love Quilts by Mary Fons for Stash Books
  • Boutique Casual for Boys & Girls by Sue Kim for Stash Books
  • May – Stash Books Products

    Orbit Eco Tote designed by Jennifer Sampou for Stash Books
  • May – FunStitch Studio

    The Wonderful Colorful Wonder Wheel of Color by Lynn Koolish, Kerry Graham, and Mary Wruck for FunStitch Studio
  • June

    Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook by Leni Levenson Wiener for C&T Publishing
  • Emporia Rose Applique Quilts by Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh for C&T Publishing
  • June Stash Books

    Because I Love You Sew by Trish Preston for Stash Books
  • Little Fixes by Disney Powless for Stash Books
  • June Stash Books Products

    fast2cut HexEssentials Small Peepers by Kathy Doughty for Stash Books
  • fast2cut HexEssentials 1 1/2" Peepers by Kathy Doughty for Stash Books
  • fast2cut HexEssentials 2 1/2" Peepers by Kathy Doughty for Stash Books
  • June FunStitch Studio

    Sew It! by Allison Nicoll for FunStitch Studio