Many quilters and crafters have been making "doily quilts" the last decade. There's a variety of them on google that you can view. Doily and crocheted items are abundant in antique stores, flea markets, and yard sales.
In the Martha Washington book that I discussed yesterday, there was also a notation about them:
Clearly this idea meant embroidered doilies. Doilies as many of us realize, were made using a variety of techniques. My great-grandmother was known for her cut-work doilies and table squares. No matter what the younger generation thinks of doiles and table squares now, these were made to protect furniture because back then, the table, chair or sideboard you bought was to last a lifetime.
Although I haven't found many references to doily quilts in books, I did find a local newspaper that referenced one: