I have long admired the 1718 silk coverlet (it is not a quilt as it has no wadding/batting) held by the Quilters Guild in the Quilt Museum in York, it is one of the earliest known examples of patchwork. You can read the history of it on the website HERE.
Susan Briscoe has written a book about it which has just been published, so of course I had to buy a copy :)
Oakshott shot cotton fabrics, and this seemed the perfect project - they have an incredible range of colours and look like silk but are in fact 100% cotton, they also come in 54" wide pieces which makes them very good value.
It is my birthday next month so I decided to treat myself to any early present!