Well, I do lots of quilting but always with 100% cotton fabrics, which is what's normally recommended for quilting. I'm not sure how you'll press the seams with this kind of fabric, which might make it difficult to get your blocks sewn evenly. You will need a batting, probably a low loft (the thinnest) since chenille is pretty thick. I would definitely get the polyester type, which hold its shape, as opposed to the cotton kind, which is typically used for an "antique" looking quilt (it gets that old, puckered look when washed to make it look kind of vintage-ish). This sounds like a beautiful idea, good luck & post some pictures when you get finished so we can see! Happy quilting!!