Painting Barn Quilts Brings This Retiree “Real Joy”

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He Didn’t Start Until he Was Nearly 90!

As he was approaching his 90th birthday, retired dentist Burgess Marshbanks was looking for something different to do. His quilter wife suggested he paint her a barn quilt.

Having no artistic experience the project presented a number of challenges for Burgess, including what paints to buy and brushes to use. But in the process, the chore became a joy, then a passion, and finally a mission.

Painting Barn Quilts Brings This Retiree "Real Joy"

Every barn quilt he completes is given away to someone who he feels deserves recognition. “My joy is painting the patterns, and then giving them away.”

Painting Barn Quilts Brings This Retiree "Real Joy"

Learn more about his inspiring story in the following video.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.

As Burgess encourages toward the end of the video:

“Branch out, do something different, be adventurous, be daring.”

Wise words from someone who is truly an inspiration.

Learn more about Burgess here.

See examples of barn quilts and learn how to make them here.


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