Originally Posted by bluestarmom
Okay, Blue- this is my deal with very old cotton. It seems to depend how it has been stored. Some of it, when it seems to just crumble when you touch it, I would not put in a quilt- it will just make the entire quilt less sturdy, as it's going to fall apart the fastest.
What you might do is hand wash it, carefully, and back it with a stabilizer and then make a throw pillow with it- something usable, but perhaps without so much stress as a quilt? Make sure you stabilize it first- I think that might help it last a bit longer.