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 is currently preparing for her third one-woman quilt show.

Interior decorator Barbara Graceffa, dba Secretary of the Interior

Graceffa Quilt Displays 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 to appear in its annual art quit exhibition, “Tree, Tree, Tree.” Read the accompanying news article to see her beautiful quilt. 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

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 directory.

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.

She has also held a quilt show at Brookdale Quincy Bay Assisted Living Residence in summer 2020 and is preparing for her third show in Milton, set for fall 2022.

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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