What is the significance of the quilts in "Everyday Use"?

What is the significance of the quilts in "Everyday Use"?

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The differing ways in which Dee and Mama view the quilts is representative of their difference of opinion overall in this story about what constitutes African American, and family, heritage. To Mama and Maggie, the quilts are living history. Although Maggie says, "I can remember Grandma Dee without the quilts," the quilts are composed of her grandmother's dresses, and pieces of her mother's dresses, and uniforms from the Civil War, and were sewn by hand. They were made to be used, and for Maggie, to receive these quilts upon her marriage and put them to "everyday use" would represent a rite of passage as she becomes the next in a line of Johnson women, part of a family heritage that is not something of the past.

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quilts are the things that we use everyday. In this story, Dee thinks that they have to hang the quilt on the wall. However, culture is made by people in daily life, not just put the heritage  like a painting. What Dee have done have lost the significance of the heritage.  

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