The quilt pictured is a late 19th century swastika quilt in the state of Nevada museum (photo credit Scott Klette).
Yikes! I couldn't get out my seam ripper quick enough.
Could I have dismissed the swastika reference and not changed the quilt? Maybe. But I ran the risk of offending my friend who's older than I am and likely has an even stronger emotional reaction to the swastika symbol. I'm not willing to hurt someone's feelings just to make an artistic point. My purpose in making this quilt is to bring her joy. The swastika is still verboten in my house.