Various threads are needed to form one unique quilt. Similarly, a mother quilts together the best and diverse threads of life to form one unique identity in which a child lives with forever. In the poem "My Mother Pieced Quilts" by Teresa Palomo Acosta, the mother chooses the different aspects of the quilt, forms those aspects to make one quilt, and releases that one quilt on which it lives. In the beginning, the mother must choose the best treads to form the quilt.
The mother chooses how to make her offspring through choosing what she will fit best. Just in the beginning of the poem, the mother must decide which piece fits best in her quilt. The mother "[. . .] shaped patterns square and oblong and round / positioned / balanced" (13-15) and each shape is a different piece and each piece is quilted together to form one quilt.
This relates to human life in that the mother the act of choosing the best shapes relates to choosing the best characteristics to put into the final product of a child's identity. The mother not only has to choose shapes, but also has to decide on the colors of the pieces. She has to consider "whether to put the lilac purple of easter against the red plaid of winter-going- / into-spring / whether to mix a yellow with blue and white [. . .]" (31-33). The different choices of colors symbolize the various types of personalities in which a child is form with. The mother must choose the different shapes and colors or the different characteristics and personalities in order to form one quilt or one identity that she pieces together.
After the mother chooses the pieces, the mother must use each of the different pieces of identity to...