Inspirational, Informative, & Entertaining Presentations
for Quilt Guilds & Other Groups

Be inspired by Barbara’s passion for quilting and design as she shares her expertise and showcases her traditional and artistic contemporary quilts to demonstrate her lecture’s lessons.

Barbara is a juried member of the New England Quilt Museum’s teachers’ league. She has taught quilters in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

She has been honored with four solo exhibits in recent years. She has displayed widely at local quilt and art shows, libraries, county fairs, and, on her first attempt in summer 2022, an international juried show. In 2023, she began exhibiting her work in Massachusetts art galleries from Boston to Lowell and Cape Cod to Concord.

Her quilts have appeared in national print publications, local cable and PBS TV networks as well as in the American Quilter’s Society World Quilt Parades. Her quilts are in private collections from San Francisco to Sao Paolo, Brazil and Paris to Madrid.


Groups of all kinds – not just quilters – enjoy Barbara’s trunk shows.


Participating in a mini-quilt show with the Cambridge Modern Quilt Guild, Barbara’s self-portrait quilt is currently on exhibit at the Honeycomb Creamery ice cream shop in Porter Square in Cambridge.

Barbara penned a children’s book in January 2024 called Auntie Barbie’s Beautiful Quilts.


All lectures and trunk shows available via ZOOM


7 Easy Steps to Achieve Color Harmony

NEW Gee’s Bend: The Artistry of “My Way” Quilts

If Picasso Was a Quilter: How to Cultivate Your Creative Genius 

Keeping You in Stitches: Quilters’ Comedy Café

NEW Let It Go: Decluttering and Organizing Your Sewing Room

Secret Codes in Quilts from the Underground Railroad: Fact or Fiction?

Setting Up Your Sewing Studio for Fun and Function


Flower Power: A Garden of Floral Quilts

An Introduction to Art Quilts:
Taking Baby Steps to Think Outside the Block

Kick It Up A Notch:
New Ideas on Color, Embellishments, Techniques, and More

Lady Sings the Blues: Barbara’s Favorite Blue Quilts

“Sew” Creative: The Fabric of My Life

NEW Small Quilts, Big Stories

A Walk Down “Cheat Street:”
Using Panels and Large Print Fabric in Quilts

Water, Water Everywhere: The Best of Barbara’s Coastal Quilts

Winning Weekend Wonders:
Quick and Easy Small Quilts and Wall Hangings


NEW Block Heads: Silly Self-Portrait Quilts

Cut ‘n Paste: From Fussy Cut Panel Pieces to Unique Art Quilts

Do the String Thing: The “Coffee Roll” Quilt

Fracture Fun: Easy Art Quilts Using Printed Panels

A Good Hair Day: Creating a No-pattern, Collage Wall Hanging

An Introduction to Improvisational Quilts

Memory Bears and Quilts Using Upcycled Clothing and Linens

Welcome to Wonky Town

Program descriptions, updated June 2024


Barbara Graceffa's Fractured Lily quilt for her Fractured Fun quilt workshop


“Barbara’s workshop was AMAZING! Her presentation was exciting, inspiring, and so informative.  Her creativity is off the charts and her patient encouragement, helpful suggestions and pleasant, happy demeanor made this workshop so much FUN! I can’t wait to take another workshop with Barbara!!!”

“Thanks for an uplifting lecture. Often after a lecture, I question my choice in hobbies – doubting I can quilt well.  But Barbara’s Picasso lecture on creativity gave me hope and confidence to tackle any future project.  Thinking outside the block is so much more fun!’

“Barbara takes an academic subject (of color harmony), breaks it down and makes it relatable and inspiring. Peppered with a good dose of humor, she kept the atmosphere light and enjoyable. She is an organized and effective speaker. We are looking forward to having her speak again.”
“Barbara’s personal attention to each workshop participant was such a huge bonus. It’s obvious Barbara has fun teaching and it is contagious. I found such joy in this workshop!”

“All the reviews from our guild were ultra-positive.  Barbara speaks as if she is talking to friends.  Her presentation was enjoyable and inspirational.”

“Barbara’s presentation was the best talk on color I have heard in 20 years of quilting.  The talk was professional, highly- organized and delivered with the use of beautiful graphics and examples of her own lovely work.”

“A very inspiring talk. Barbara’s quilts are beautiful and very much art pieces.”

“Barbara’s warm and gentle, but confident, personality make her an instant fit with any group. She is a talented and enthusiastic member of the quilting community.”

“Barbara’s ‘super power’ is the relaxed, non-judgmental learning environment she creates.  Encouraging us to ask questions, share our own ideas and providing helpful feedback are the three pillars of her classes.”

Ready to book an event?
Please contact Barbara for open dates and rates.
Call 617-921-6033 or email barbara@sec-interior.com

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