Local woman brings wide variety of interests to the Valley

By: KJCT8.com Staff
By: KJCT8.com Staff

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Some Baby Boomers seem to find time to do everything, and this week, Dixie Burmeister introduced us to a perfect example of a woman making time for all of her interests and for all that she is passionate about.

She's not only a business woman, but a volunteer, and a lover of the great outdoors.

Once she moved to the Grand Valley, Jackie Aguilar discovered the pattern and recipe for an even busier time with award-winning adventures. Believe it or not, her quilting passion all started with a cup.

"I started it in 2005," Aguilar explained, "when a client of mine, she was getting her hair done. She told me that they had a Laurel Burch coffee cup down at the quilt store... They had a free pattern, and I had to have the quilt, and they wouldn't let me take the class because I didn't have quilting 101. So, I bought the fabric anyway, and made the quilt."

Competitions since then have brought a plethora of awards, one leading to a trip around the country… for her quilt that is.

"My quilt, Jackie Got Into Aunt Millies Garden, will be in a special exhibit at Houston International called "In Full Bloom"," Aguilar explained. ".... and then it will travel to other venues all next year."

Being a pet lover has led to a quilt fundraiser for Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

"We are now are in the active phase of raffling the quilts off... five dollars for a raffle ticket," Aguilar explained. "It's two separate raffles, cats or dogs, because we know we have... you're either one or the other, and if you're both you get to buy two tickets."

Jammin' when moving to fruit country was another new experience for Aguilar, who admitted, "I really had not canned 'til I came here." That was back in 2001.

Her canning creations have led to several awards.

"...I've won several at the Peach Festival," she explained. "One year I did win the grand prize."

She may say she wasn't artistic before, but she did create pottery as early as her high school years.

The proprietor of Hairscapes, LLC, in Grand Junction, is a huge fan of the outdoors, spending as much time as possible out and about.

"Well, that's why we moved over here, we love to hike," Aguilar said. "We like to spend time a lot of time in the canyon country. We like to explore the slot canyons over in Utah."

For those looking for a new hobby or new adventure, Aguilar has a simple message, "Just start!"

If you're interested in purchasing tickets to the Roice-Hurst quilt raffle:

Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each for either the cat quilt or dog quilt. Winners will be drawn at noon on December 16th at Roice-Hurst Humane Society, but you do not need to be present to win.

Tickets available at:

  • Clifton Christian Church Craft Fair on October 11th from 1 pm to 7 pm and October 12th – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • October 19 at Cross Orchards the 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Cross Orchards – October 19th

  • November 1st, Oakley Gallery – 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Or Call Jackie Aguilar – 261-5421

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