YELLOW LILIES was first published by Nancy Cabot in the Chicago Tribune on December 30, 1936. In her comments Cabot praises the modernistic abstraction of this floral pattern:
"YELLOW LILIES is a simple geometrical design with more than a touch of the modern in its appearance. The use of a yellow printed material with white creates an effect of quaintness and old-fashioned charm in a quilt composed entirely of pieced blocks."
Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS (p.228-6), includes this design in her section devoted to other multiples of 7x7 basic grid blocks — see, for instance, THE MAYFLOWER or LOTUS BLOCK (Beyer's version). As listed in Barbara Brackman's ENCLYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2923), the geometry of YELLOW LILIES aligns itself with a number of other well-known X-centered geometric quilt designs including: