Dee (Wangero) comes home informing her mother that she had changed her name to match her African Heritage, however she does not understand heritage of her own name given at birth which dates back 4 generations.
"What happened to 'Dee'?
"...named after your aunt Dicie"
"She's dead, I couldn't bare it any longer, being named after the people who oppress me"
Rather than seeing the quilts as heirlooms to be hung and shown, something she inherited from her family, Mama sees them as objects to be used. That is what Mama wants them to be used as. Wangero wants to take the quilts her Grandmother made, however, she only wants to hang the quilts. Showing that she only does it for appearance rather than use it for "everyday use".
"Well, what would you do with them?"
"She'd probably be backward enough to put them to everyday use"
"You just will not understand. The point is these quilts, these quilts!"
In the end Wangero says they know nothing of their heritage, yet, Maggie, makes quilts inheriting her skills from her Grandmother.