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August 05, 2006   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
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August 05, 2006

Winners in the sewing and quilting contests show off their creations. From left are, Charlotte Davis of Geneva County, heirloom division; Sissie Dougherty of Russell County, adult division; Betty Barnes of Lamar County, crocheted table linens; Deloris Mount of Crenshaw County, quilting; Hannah Brown of Randolph County, teen division; and Faye McCord of Randolph County with model Lindsay Fincher, children's clothing division.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Cotton was king in Alabama Aug. 5 as the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Division announced the winners of the Cotton Fashion Sewing and Quilting Contest held in conjunction with the 34th annual Commodity Producers Conference in Huntsville.

Seamstresses from Crenshaw, Lamar, Geneva, Randolph and Russell counties took top honors in the contest, which featured garments, quilts and crocheted table linens made of 100 percent cotton fabrics and blended fabrics of at least 50 percent cotton. The competition, which is supported by the Federation's Cotton Division, promotes the comfort, versatility and style of cotton clothing while preserving the arts of quilt making and needlepoint.

Betty Barnes of Lamar County placed first in the crocheted table linens category for a circular table doily featuring a poinsettia-style center. Second place went to Margaret Caldwell of Talladega County, and Annie Harris of Cleburne County placed third.

In the quilting contest, Deloris Mount of Crenshaw County took top honors for her yellow-and-white creation with butterfly and sunflower accents. Faustina Gosa of Lamar County placed second, and third-place honors went to Frances Roark of Randolph County.

The sewing contest included four categories: heirloom, children's clothing, adult garments, and outfits constructed by teenagers. In the heirloom division, Charlotte Davis of Geneva County placed first for a pink dress with triangular lace accents on the sleeves, blouse and skirt hem. Placing second was Kimberly Ingram of Lee County for a dress modeled by Carla Ingram.

First place in the children's clothing division went to Faye McCord of Randolph County for floral-pattern dress modeled by Lindsay Fincher. Sandra Barber of St. Clair County placed second for a young boy's casual suit modeled by Benjamin Abel, and the third-place winner was Jennifer Oden of Etowah County for a dress modeled by Sarah Oden.

In the adult division, Sissie Dougherty of Russell County placed first for her black-and-white pant suit with coordinating multi-colored blouse. Second place was claimed by Medie Machen of Talladega County while Lillian Slay of Chambers County placed third.

The teen division featured garments sewn by students age 19 and younger. First-place in this category went to Hannah Brown of Randolph County for a bright-yellow dress with black accessories, and Hillary Barber of St. Clair County placed second.

Winners in each division received cash awards of $150 for first place; $100 for second place and $75 for third place. Contestants qualified to compete in the state contest by winning their respective county competitions.

Last year, Alabama farmers harvested 545,000 acres of cotton, producing 848,000 bales. Nationally, Alabama ranks 10th in cotton production.

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