PebbleCreek Quilters

Ryan House - Open doors, open hearts

Dear Ms. Lawrence and the PebbleCreek Quilters:

Thank you!  We received your in-kind donation to Ryan House.  Your generosity means the world to our children and families.

Over and above receiving world-class medical care, our children receive laughter, joy, fun, love and normative childhood experiences, such as swimming and singing, which improve their quality of live and are memories of a lifetime.  Your gift makes this all possible.  

Thank you again for your commitment to Ryan House mission.  We welcome your continued involvement with us.  

Tracy Leonard-Warner, Executive Director

PS Thank you for all the love & time you have given in maikng the quilts and pocket holder for our kids! 


Halloween Party

Sharon Moran won the raffle from Kare Bears of a quilt that PCQ donated.


Article in Post written by Marlene Kuskie

Article by Marlene Kuskie

Pebblecreek Resident Passes Her Skills to Family

Parents and grandparents often want to pass on their wisdom and skills to the next generation.  Sometimes the next generation wants to learn but often it is a grandparent that has the time, patience and inclination to teach.

Rosemary Vanasco is pictured with her grandson, Billy Chadwick.  Billy is 14 years old and saw his grandmother’s quilts she had created and wanted to make one for his mother.  So after a visit to a quilt store to find her favorite colors (turquoise and purple) and learning how to use rulers, rotary cutters and other techniques, Billy created a masculine-influenced,  modern quilt of half-square triangles for his mother. Rosemary and Billy shared his product with the PebbleCreek Quilters that meet every second Monday of the month in the Creative Arts Center.  Rosemary commented that she has four granddaughters that did not show an interest, so this project with her grandson was particularly fun.   It encourages PebbleCreekers to look around and see who might learn from them whether it is wisdom or skills.

Your Chance to Win the Opportunity Quilt 2018

Each year the Pebblecreek Quilters organization decides on a quilt pattern, fabric,  and persons to piece and custom quilt the Opportunity Quilt. The winning raffle ticket is drawn in December at the Holiday Luncheon.

The quilt this year (shown in the picture) was made by Jean Fry and quilted by Cindy Santaro.  It is a Dresden Plate pattern using Kaffe Fawcett fabrics which are modern designed fabrics and are displayed on a white background.  Cindy completed the longarm quilting in the Diamondback Room (fiber arts).  The quilt was revealed last December and will be given away this December.

All proceeds are used to purchase batting and supplies for the many community service projects such as quilts for birth through adulthood, clothes protectors for residents in care facilities, dog beds for veterans and their service dogs, bags for charities and other expressed needs by designated organizations in the West Valley.  These organizations include:  New Life Center, PC Pet Companions, NLC’s Christmas Shop, Hospice of the Valley, Southwest FAC/Natalie’s House, Abrazo Hospital/Bosom Buddies.

The cost for raffle tickets for the Opportunity Quilt are: 6 for $5, 12 tickets for $10, 18 tickets for $15 or 24 tickets for $20.  Please check for a table selling tickets with a display of the quilt at fall events.  Support your PC Quilters and the many projects for others in the West Valley.  The last several years, the quilt has been won by a PC resident which is due to their strong support in buying tickets.

June Article in PebbleCreek Post by Marlene Kunskie 

PC Quilters Spring Luncheon A Success

Over 90 members of the PC Quilters gathered April 16, 2018 in the Tuscany Ballroom to enjoy social time, share their latest quilting projects, listen to a speaker and participate in an auction of an antique quilt from Sue Godwin’s estate. 

The highlight of the Spring 2018 Luncheon was a presentation and trunk showing by Mary  McElvian.   Mary shared her experiences in owning a quilt store and now as the author of several quilting books and patterns.  It was fascinating to see how a quilt presented when the same pattern was used but different color waves of fabrics were used.  She works closely with her daughter in creating and publishing their works.

The showing of quilts continued with “Show and Tell’ by club members.  This is always a highlight at every meeting.  Everyone looks forward to the latest in creations as well as those projects that have waited to be finished  for a lengthy time.  Everyone is encouraged to check out the photos on our website AT  Seeing fellow members creations sparks everyone to plan their next quilting project.

In addition to a delicious lunch, door prizes were given and others were recognized such as the winners of the Viewer's Choice from the Spring 2018 Quit Show, community service projects in progress or completed and continuing education workshops.

Article in Post in July written by Donna Aybar

PebbleCreek Quilters step up once AGAIN!!  The Community Service committee hosted a one-day workshop to make as many boy-themed quilt tops as possible to fill a request made by Southwest Family Advocacy Center, one of the charities that PC Quilters support.

The early crew showed up before 9 am to organize 2 laundry baskets of new fabrics donated by Lynda Parker in honor of her husband's birthday.  The donated fabrics were blended with other fabrics from the  extensive closet stash and patterns brought by several members.  At 10 am the cutting and sewing frenzy began!

The group of 20 members came together to enjoy breakfast treats, pizza lunch, and each other's company as they completed over 10 boy-themed quilts during the workshop with others being taken home to be completed.  Linda Publicover and Kathy Brown kept the long arm quilting machine buzzing the entire day and completed four quilts.  Kathy Brown is pictured with one of the space-themed boy quilts.

Other kits were made up for the members to complete throughout the summer.  It is always a exciting challenge to take donated fabric and create a quilt with a particular theme......the PC Quilters are always up to the challenge.

June Article In PebbleCreek Post by Marlene Kuskie

PC Quilters Expand Their Quilting Skills

Quilting is not what it was.  Our grandmothers and mothers pieced their quilts and then often asked others to help them hand quilt in the large frame.  Or they might have had the local church ladies hand quilt it for a fee.  Modern quilters still often have others with skills using a longarm sewing machine quilt their quilts for a fee based on the size of the quilt and the intricacies of quilting.  Quilts in competition are mostly quilted by machine, using either a domestic machine or a long arm. 

PC quilters are fortunate that they own a long arm machine in the fiber arts room in the Creative Arts Center.  It is available for certified members to use to machine quilt their own projects and charity quilts that are given to five charities in the West Valley.  The art of using the longarm machine has grown the past five-ten years.  So with that has come the desire to expand quilting skills beyond using pantographs (patterns that are followed).  Free motion quilting is when the quilter designs and creates the patterns which are different for every quilt.

Roberta Penchina moved to PebbleCreek a year ago from Vermont.  In Vermont she owned her own longarm and custom quilted for others.  On April 20, Roberta taught a class using rulers and simple templates to create detailed designs using the longarm machine.  Participants then experimented using the rulers and templates to refine their skills.  The talents of our members and their willingness to share without cost continues to be appreciated by everyone.


Disappearing 4 Patch 


We received a thank you card from Hospice of the Valley that was signed by many ladies who are employed at Hospice and have received some of the quilts delivered by the Community Service team.

Here are some of their statements:  You Are So Awesome! - Thank you for all your Service - Beyond Amazing - We love what you guys do for HOV - Bless you for such beautiful gifts to our patients - Thank you my patients and I very much appreciate the work you do and your dedication  - and others.

PCQ Donation for 2018

Receiving Blankets36
Baby Bibs3
Burp Cloths3
Teddy Bears28
Fleece Blankets3
Active Mats for dementia patients18
Dog Beds189
Hope Bags (New Life Center)55
Heart Pillows for Breast Cancer Patients20
Walker Caddys17
Toiletry Bags with Toiletries34

Article Submitted by Marlene Kuskie

PebbleCreek Quilters Ready the Fiber Arts Room

Members of the PebbleCreek Quilters were excited to return to the Fiber Arts Room.  The Creative Arts Center was closed for the month of July for painting and new furniture.  The room is used almost every day by quilters for sewing or classes.  Many friendships are forged as members always have a project in process.  Workshops are planned every month to learn a new skill/pattern, create quilts for identified charities and other items that are requested by charity groups.  Requested items have included blankets, pillows, dog beds, bags and items for the CAC Gift Gallery.  Please take the time to go to: to see the latest activities. Members will initiate the new room amenities in August with a night of socializing and sewing.  The members truly appreciate the updating and new furniture!!!


Cathy Howell designing a display in the new display cases.

Helen Phillips on the ladder renewing quilt displays in the Fiber Arts Room after renovation along with Pam Branfuhr giving a hand.

12-11-18 Gift Box

Table Runner Class

A thank you card received with a copy of the PC Post article about helping foster children:

Dear Donna:

You are amazing - giving back so much to our community!  No wonder it is such a beautiful place to live!

Thanks for all you do.  God bless you always.

Blessings & Love, Ed & Barb

Veterans are Recognized with a Red White and Blue Quilt

Last year began a tradition of the PC Quilters recognizing our PC Veterans on Veterans Day.  This year the event will be at 2 pm in the  Renaissance  Theater, Tuscany Falls on Sunday November 11, 2018.

Quilt members use donated fabric and their own to create red white and blue themed quilts to be given to PC residents that are veterans.  At the November 2017 program,  25 veterans were recognized and honored.  This year 20 veterans will be honored.  A waiting list for next year has begun.  It is the members’ way of recognizing those that have sacrificed and served for our democracy. 

If you are a resident of Pebblecreek, are a veteran and would like to receive a patriotic quilt, please contact:  Liz Gray  623-536-6004. To see the quilts that will be given to the veterans, please stop by the Creative Arts Center to view the quilts in the display windows during the month of