Mariner's Compass - 1880-1920
Many quilters working from about 1880-1920 used chrome colors as the neutral or the background in their quilts, a rather radical idea that very conservative women in Pennsylvania and the South found quite acceptable. Here are a few more pictures of quilts using yellows, some as accent, some as theme. The one below is from the Quilt Complex. I'm dating them fairly loosely from these snapshots.
Feathered Star 1880-1920
The two below are from dealer Laura Fisher
Princess Feather 1880-1920
Delectable Mountains 1860-1890
The rest I found in online auctions.
Sugar Loaf 1880-1910
The block in this one is hard to figure out. Here's a diagram from my BlockBase software program.
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Pincushion or Orange Peel dated 1887
Ann Champion's blog shows a lot of antique quilts. She's fond of yellow.
Variation of the Whigs Defeat, 1850-1920
Monkey Wrench Variation 1890-1920 (It looks like a tiny Log Cabin in the corners of the block)
Log Cabin 1880-1920
Now go out and buy some yellow fabric. The boss reports that yellow doesn't sell as well as other colors--like blue, red or green. That's a shame.