The original quilt got it's name from a particular block that illustrated the release from prison of Jefferson Davis, the Confederate President during the Civil War. Releasing Davis was seen politically in the North as a huge step in reconciliation towards the South . For anyone who appreciates history, some great close up pictures of the original Reconciliation Quilt as well as a very comprehensive article with history of the quilt and the quilt maker (which I found very interesting), can be found here. Someday I want to make a trip to the International Quilt Study Center, it looks like my kind of place :)
Enjoy the day!