Roland L. Freeman, Director of The Group for Cultural Documentation, is the guest curator for this exhibition. The exhibition developed through a partnership of the Women of Color Quilters Network and The Group for Cultural Documentation. The “Quilts for Obama” exhibition shows through July 26th at the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Find out more at the TGCD website.

Fabric Mosaic

44th President and First Lady

 I am overjoyed to announce that my mosaic quilt was accepted to showcase in the exhibition by guest Curator Mr Roland Freeman!

Quilts for Obama, Celebrating the Inauguration of our 44th President. The show began February 15 and extended to July 26, 2009. My quilt, “44th President and First Lady” will join this exhibition by March 15th.

The Historical Society of Washington, D. C.
801 K Street, NW
Washington, D. C. 20001

New First Family

New First Family

Upcoming Quilt Show February 2009


The ObamaQuilters are 60 fiber artists who formed a grassroots, all-volunteer, multi-ethnic group of quilters from all across America. We produced a vibrant quilt show, which was held at the Cafritz Art Center of Montgomery College in Maryland, from Feb. 9-March 5, 2009. This book is based on that show, and includes photos of the quilts, the quilters, and copies of the artist statements, which in many cases, are as moving as the quilts themselves.  I am so pleased that FOUR of my quilts are in this historical book!

We ObamaQuilters are excited to share our passion for art quilts and our gratitude for being alive to see the historic election of President Barack Obama come to pass.

 Obama: President Obama A Celebration in Arts Quilts book link:





          President Obama: “A Celebration in Art Quilts-President Obama”

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
Montgomery College 
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
150 King Street
Silver Spring, Maryland 

A Podcast of the opening reception can be seen here:  http://podcast.montgomerycollege.edu/podcast.php?rcdid=150



Februaru 9, 2009 – March 5, 2009
Opening Friday February 13, 2009

This show, organized by Susan Walen, comes from an all-volunteer, grass-roots, multi-ethnic group of fiber artists from all across the United States and as far away as Australia.  Our work is in tribute to our new President, in gratitude for the hope and inspiration he has brought us. We present these art quilts at an unforgettable historic moment in our country’s history.

 Diana Bracy made History in the Library of Congress














 Diana Bracy and her Fiber Mosaic of Obama Interviewee: Bracy, Diana
Interviewer: Musgrave, Karen
Project: The Barack Obama Quilt QSOS
Interview #: BOQ-002
[View Interview] 










As a Quilt Artist participating in the historical show, “A Celebration of Quilts in Art Quilts”, a select few were asked by Karen Musgrave of the American Alliance for Quilters, for an interview to tell our stories. Karen is from Q.S.O.S or Quilters’ Save Our Stories“.

Karen was interested in our personal history of quiltmaking of how we began and what inspired us to create a quilt for our President Elect Barack Obama.

Our stories will be a part of the Library of Congress and will remain there as part of history. You can read my interview, as well as some of the other Quilt Artists that will participate in the show. There are also photos of their quilts.

This is the link to the site: http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos/



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jll5baCAaQU    Please click on the link



This is my finished Mosaic Art of Obama Quilt.  It is with great excitement, that I share the news that this image was viewed by several thousands in Houston’s International Quilt Festival, this November.  To my extreme joy, many blogs have posted postive reviews and astonishments that this image was made with fabric.  I would like to thank everyone that has shared my image on their blogs and all of the readers that have responded with excited enthusiasm.

This Mosaic premiered at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston October 25 –November 2, 2008.

This Mosaic will also be showcased in  the Washington, D. C. area at Montgomery College – School of Arts and Design  Cafritz Arts Center.  The show will start on Feb. 9 and run to March 5. They are planning the opening to be Friday the 13th of Feb.  Susan Walen of Bethesda Maryland  has organized this historical event for Quilts for Obama.  Susan expects over 60 “Obama” quilts to be shown and has invited several local Maryland and surrounding area Quilters to include their quilts for an outstanding showing.

A professional photographer will take photos of our quilts with the intention of publishing a book with proceeds going to a fundraidser for the Arts program.


Video from Oprah’s Show “We All Need each other Right Now”

Video of “Bridge for Obama” World of Friends






  1. These are fabulous! Congratulations.

  2. Thank you, Susan. Diana

  3. Bracy, so sorry you couldn’t make it to see the quilts hanging at Market! I wanted you to know how fabulous the placement of the Obama quilt was… It was hanging on the end of an aisle opposite one of the high windows directly in line with the escalator outside. Anyone coming up or down the escalator who peeked into the quilt exhibit saw your Obama quilt perfectly. It certainly drew me in to check it out further!

  4. Thank you Gailen. I truly appreciate the description of the placement of my quilt. I can imagine how it looked from a distance because you really see it from afar. Thanks to Vickie Magnum of Special Events and everyone else who helped with this great Show. Thank you Gailen for being drawn into the Obama image. Diana Bracy

  5. I saw an article about your quilt exhibit in a quilter’s magazine and was moved to tears, just from the few pictures shown. I have never seen such beautiful and powerful art before. Will this exhibit be travelling the country (coming to Missouri)? Or is there a way to see the exhibit some other way? I have to see these lovely quilts in person!

    • Hi Kelli, thank you for your wonderful compliments on our show, “President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts”, Feb-Mar 2009 held at Montgomery College. Susan Walen, of Bethesda, Maryland, is our organizer and she would love to have our quilts travel. As soon as she accomplishes this monumental task, we will proudly announce it to all.

      I must admit, looking at the quilts was overwhelming and drove me to tears, as well. The quilts that were not sold were returned to their owners. Three of my four quilts are here with me in Las Vegas. The fourth, 44th President and First Lady, is proudly showcased at The Historical Society of Washington, D. C. , until July 26, 2009.

      Thanks so much for appreciating our art quilts.

      Diana Bracy

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