Here is more info about the Dutch fabric I bought:
"This very old Dutch company reproduces chintz fabrics for handmade quilts and garments using document fabrics which were brought by the merchants of the Dutch East India Company (VOC founded in 1597) from India's Coromandel coast to the Netherlands during the 17th and early 18th century. These shiny chintz fabrics featuring floral and tree of life designs were popular for not only the interior of Dutch homes but also for women's clothing.
The handprinted fabric panels (palampores) often depict a tree of life. The word palampore comes from a Persian-Hindu word meaning bed-covering, garment or prayer rug. The design, a central tree on a mound or rockery, and featuring a light background and floral borders reflected Persian art (handpainted miniatures) of that period.
The fabrics of den Haan and Wagonmakers are 60" wide and lightly glazed. The designs include early Dutch chintzes, wax printed indigos and prints of Provence. Reproductionfabrics.com is the proud North American distributor of these exquisite reproductions."
I also could have purchased a tree of life panel which would have made a fabulous center of my medallion, as well as a wonderful feeling white fabric that wasn't muslin or broadcloth that was typical of the period, but I decided I had to draw the line somewhere. I really can do that! :-)