Mama sees the quilt as well as the churn top and dasher Dee wishes to take, as functional items rather than decorations.
The characters, Maggie and Dee, are foils of each other, each one having different interests and priorities in their lives.
After Dee moves out, she assures her mother that she will come to see her, wherever she may "choose" to live, but makes it clear that she will not bring any friends over (Walker 894).
, Alice Walker talks about the conflict that exists between Mama and Dee. All the literary critic and commentator will agree that there is conflict between the mother and her eldest daughter.
Dee, her eldest daughter, who she sent away to College, is not a big part of her current life.
Unlike Dee, she has never had any formal education, but that has not stopped her from trying to teach her daughters their heritage.Dee apparently has been running from her poverty stricken past since she was a child.When the Johnson's house burnt down, Dee just stood from afar and watched. The demolished house and Dee's nonchalant attitude represents her detachment from her family and their prized possessions (Cowart 172).All of them will also agree that Mama chose to stand beside Maggie and supported her while she turned her back on Dee.However, there is no universal agreement when it comes to who is right and who is wrong.Mama knows the quilts are important to Maggie, because she understands the work involved in making a quilt.Mama keeps the quilts in a trunk to protect their value.In the short story "Everyday Use", by Alice Walker, the hand-stitched quilts, which are the central symbols, are representative of culture, heritage and a way of life. Walker describes her a big boned woman and we get the sense that she is manly.Walker gives us the impression she is a father figure as well as a mother to her daughters.The process of quilting is also significant, as each piece is made with care.The two quilts that Dee wants to take from her mother were quilted by Grandma Dee and Big Dee.