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Quilt HighlightEveryday Use

A quilt by Cathy Fussell featuring imagery from the book Everyday Use by Alice Walker

This quilt is based on the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker.  The story involves two sisters, Dee and Maggie, each with a different perspective on their family heritage.  At the center of the story is a handmade quilt, “pieced by Grandma Dee and Big Dee,” using pieces of old clothing worn by deceased family members. This quilt represents the families’ heritage. Both sisters want the handmade quilt, each for different reasons. Maggie knows how to quilt and values the quilt for its practical use, while Dee views it as a work of art to be displayed.  


This short story can be found at Columbus Public Library in one of these two sections in our collection:

  • Black Writers Collection under "Wal" titled "Everyday Use"
  • Fiction under "Bla" titled "Black American short stories: one hundred years of the best (1993)"
  • View available copies in our catalog using the following link: Everyday Use via Chattahoochee Valley Libraries!