Mrs. Johnson, the narrator, changes at the end of the story. Her daughter, Dee, comes home from college with her boyfriend. Dee has taken a new African name in her attempt to discover her African heritage. Dee doesn't realize she is denying her real heritage, since she was named for her aunt. She wants to take the things that her mother and sister, Maggie, still use on an everyday basis to decorate her home.
Maggie is overwhelmed by Dee and the new life Dee has established for herself. Maggie still lives in poverty with her mother. When Dee wants to take the quilts as examples of folk art, Mrs. Johnson takes them from Dee and gives them to Maggie. This is a change in Mrs. Johnson's feelings toward her daughters. She realizes that Maggie is the one who truly understands and appreciates her heritage and the connections with her ancestors.