Yellow Creek Designs prides itself on its war reproduction and wool fabrics, calling quilters from all over the country to stop in and take a peek.
A former bank turned post office is now home to one of the biggest draws in Pearl City, Illinois: Yellow Creek Quilt Designs. Sisters Vicki Olsen and Jill Shaulis specialize in Civil War reproduction prints as well as fabrics in dark traditional shades.
Standing along rail: Pauline Miller, Karen Strohecker, Le Hartman, Gen Nawa, Connie Stamm, Cindy Bohnsack, Sara Abrahamson, and Jodi Kempel; Down steps, left-hand side: Edna Meyer, Jill Shaulis (co-owner), and Vicki Olsen (co-owner); Down steps, right-hand side: Scott Kempel, Dave Shaulis, and Dave Olsen; Not pictured: Todd Kempel.
What began in 1989 in a quilting class has blossomed into a full-blown business. Besides operating the shop, sisters Vicki and Jill have created more than 30 different patterns.
Warm reproduction prints and a large selection of wool create a cozy atmosphere at Yellow Creek Quilt Designs. Vicki and Jill put a high priority on preserving the history of Pearl City, which has about 780 residents. With that in mind, they showcase historical memorabilia in their quilt displays.
Yellow Creek Quilt Designs co-owner Jill Shaulis designed Cross and Crown for Quilt Sampler® Spring/Summer 2011 magazine.
Margaret Knoup machine-quilted loop designs in the Cross and Crown blocks and inner border. She added stippling in the Courthouse Steps blocks and stitched swirl and wave patterns in the middle and outer borders.
Quilt tester Laura Boehnke gave Cross and Crown a new look with novelty prints. She simplified the design by featuring one Cross and Crown block surrounded by a pieced inner border and wide outer border. Fabrics are from Orchard Park by Nancy Odom for P&B Textiles .
When you're visiting Yellow Creek Quilt Designs, take the time to check out these other local attractions.
Fieldstone Inn , 1121 W. Empire St., Freeport, IL 61032; 815/235-8100. Steaks, seafood, fondue, and more.
Historic Galena , Galena Welcome Center at the Old Market House State Historic Site, 123 N. Commerce St., Galena, IL 61036; 888/942-5362. Wineries, galleries, golf, and more along the Galena River.
Krape Park , 1799 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, IL 61032; 815/235-6114. Hiking trails, paddleboats, miniature golf, and more.
Little Cubs Field , 1160 W. Empire St., Freeport, IL 61032; 800/369-2955. A near-exact duplicate of Wrigley Field.
Prairie Path GuestHouse , 1002 N. Lowden Rd., Mount Carroll, IL 61053; 815/244-3462. A Victorian bed-and-breakfast.
Windhaven Bed-and-Breakfast , 5719 Preston Rd., Freeport, IL 61032; 815/232-3928. Newly built six-room guesthouse.
Yellow Creek Inn, 201 S. Main St., Pearl City, IL 61062; 815/443-3222. Local restaurant known for pulled pork.
Contact Yellow Creek Quilt Designs  to purchase a copy of the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine. Issues are also available at your local quilt shop, on newsstands, and online .