In business since 2007, Barbara Graceffa is a talented interior decorator and an award-winning teacher, quilter, and artist.  She is a columnist for the Quincy Sun and exhibits her quilts in art galleries and one-woman quilt shows.

Her interior decorating primer, Inside Information: Secrets from Interior Decorator, was published in August 2023. (Copies are available from the author for $22 each.)

In January 20024, she also published a children’s book, Auntie Barbie’s Beautiful Quilts to share with children of family and friends.

She is working on another book, A Walk Down Cheat, Street showcasing her many art quilts made from pre-printed fabric panels.

Interior decorator Barbara Graceffa, dba Secretary of the Interior

Quilt Displayed at International Juried Show

In her first competition into a juried show, Barbara’s art quilt “Out on a Limb” was chosen by The Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA to appear in its international exhibit, “Tree, Tree, Tree.” Read the accompanying news article to see her beautiful quilt.

World Quilt Parades

Nine of Barbara’s quilts were included in this global exhibit sponsored by the American Quilter’s Society  (scroll to Chapters F (last six quilts) and G (first three quilts). The link for the 2023 parade will be forthcoming this fall.

Other Quilt Shows

From Boston to Lowell and Concord to Cape Cod, Barbara has shown her art quilts in local and international juried shows and art galleries.

Her quilts also reside in the permanent collection in museums in Boston and Ohme, Japan as well as in private collections from San Francisco to Paris and Madrid.

Award-winning Teacher named Barbara Graceffa one of the Ten Top Instructors for 2020. Competing with 74 instructors in her area, the award was based on merit and customer-driven criteria over 25 variables across 5 categories including:

  • Experience and education related to area of expertise
  • Dedication to quality work
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Excellent recommendations from satisfied customers
  • Responsiveness and willingness to engage with customers

Advisory  Boards

Barbara is a member of the Magazine Advisory Community of Dotdash Meredith, America’s largest digital and print publisher and home to brands like Southern Living, Better Homes and Garden, Magnolia Journal, The Spruce, and more. 

She also serves on the Houzz Barometer Research Panel and Sherwin-Williams Advisory Board, contributing ideas to the betterment of the interior design and paint industries.

New England Quilt Museum Teacher
Based on recommendations from former students, Barbara was certified by the New England Quilt Museum as a member of their teachers registry.

Viewer’s Choice Quilt at Marshfield Fair
Selected by guests at the Marshfield Fair, Barbara was awarded a blue ribbon for Best in Show honors for her Carpenter’s Wheel quilt.

Solo-Exhibit Quilt Shows
Barbara’s quilts were displayed at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy at a month-long show (see this introductory video) featuring her traditional and art quilts.

In fall 2022, she displayed twenty art quilts at the Milton Public Library’s exhibit “Not Your Grandma’s Quilts Show.” (With rave reviews, the show was extended twice.)

Barbara has also been honored with other one-woman shows in Medfield and Quincy, MA.

Art Competitions
First Prize, University of Massachusetts Boston Upcycling Art Competition
Given photography slides to create an art piece, Barbara’s African wig head took the top cash prize in the campus-wide competition.

First Prize, University of Massachusetts Boston Create an Art Curtain
A concurrent competition, Barbara swept both contests as her red, white, and silver slide and fabric curtain won first place. It is on permanent display in the Campus Center.

Barbara was on the staff of the university for over 35 years.

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Contact Secretary of the Interior Barbara Graceffa at 617-921-6033
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