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January 22, 2001   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
January 22, 2001

State Women's Committee Chairman Shirley Weeks of Lamar County works on an embroidered quilt top.
"Montgomery, Ala." Quilts are making a comeback, not just for the warmth they provide on a chilly night, but because of the love and dedication reflected by those who practice the time-honored craft.

That's one of the aspects that led the State Women's Committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation to sponsor a new contest this year to encourage quilt making and to recognize those who have perfected the stitchery.

"Our committee has been discussing a quilting contest for three or four years," said Shirley Weeks of Lamar County, chairman of the State Women's Committee. "This year we finalized the rules, and we're excited about the response we've received so far."

Weeks said the quilting contest won't replace any of the State Women's Committee's existing programs. It was designed to help attract new participants, she said.

"We felt like a lot of women wanted to enter our sewing contest but didn't actually sew garments," Weeks said. "Quilting is becoming so popular again, and it really is a part of our history. A lot of women who quilt don't necessarily sew other items, so this can provide a new outlet for them and a way to get them involved in our organization. "I hope each county will hold a quilting contest so we can have lots of entries in the state contest," Weeks said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for quilters to exhibit their work and to win a cash prize."

Entrants in the state contest will be required to submit a block from their quilt to the State Women's Committee. Tentative plans are for those blocks to be stitched together for a quilt that will be auctioned or sold for a scholarship program.

County contest rules are identical to state rules. Contact your county Women's Committee chairman for details, or contact State Women's Division Director Ashley Davis at 1-800-392-5705, ext. 3280.

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