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August 11, 2007   Email to Friend 

COTTON FASHIONS TAKE CENTER STAGE AT COMMODITY CONFERENCE
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
August 11, 2007

Winners in the Cotton Fashion Sewing and Quilting Contests were, from left, Michelle Puckett of Russell County who won first place in the Children's Division with a summer outfit modeled by her daughter, Carly Puckett; Owene Godsey of Winston County won first place in the Heirloom Division with a dress modeled by her great granddaughter, Ella Brooke Moore; Glenda Stewart of Geneva County won first place in the Adult Division; Lillian Daffron of St. Clair County won first place in the Crocheted Table Runner Competition, Patsy Brown of Crenshaw County won the Hand-Stitched Quilting Contest and Frances Roark of Randolph County won the Machine-Stitched Quilting Contest.
MOBILE, Ala. -- The fabulous feel of cotton provided the perfect backdrop for the annual Cotton Fashion Sewing and Quilting Contests held in conjunction with the 35th annual Alabama Farmers Federation Commodity Producers Conference in Mobile.

Seamstresses from Crenshaw, Randolph, St. Clair, Winston, Russell and Geneva County took top honors in six contests sponsored by the Federation's Women's Division. Competitors in this year's competition had earlier won their county contest for the right to compete in the state contest. Each garment, quilt or crocheted table runner were made of 100 percent cotton fabric or blended fabrics of at least 50 percent cotton. The contests, which are supported by the Federation's Cotton Division, promote the comfort, versatility and style of cotton clothing while preserving the arts of quilt making and needlepoint.

Patsy Brown of Crenshaw County won first place Hand-Stitched Quilting Contest, while Marilyn Lumsden of Cherokee County won second place, and Frances Ramey of Etowah County won third place.

In the Machine-Stitched Quilting Contest, first place went to Frances Roark of Randolph County, second went to Jennifer Oden of Etowah County, and the third-place winner was Lavon Bonner of Choctaw County.

Lillian Daffron of St. Clair County won first place in the Crocheted Table Runner Competition. Winston County's Stacey Johnson won second place, while Annie Lou Harris of Cleburne County won third place.

In the Heirloom Division Sewing Contest, Owene Godsey of Winston County won first place with a dress modeled by her great granddaughter, Ella Brooke Moore. Ann Howle of Cleburne County won second place with a dress modeled by her granddaughter, Emma Howle. Lisa Brown of Randolph County was the third-place winner with a dress modeled by her daughter, Bethany Brown.

The Children's Division first-place winner was Michelle Puckett of Russell County with a summer outfit modeled by her daughter Carly Puckett. Second place went to Gail Oden of Etowah County with a dress modeled by her granddaughter Sarah Oden. Mary Tucker of Fayette County was the third-place winner with a sundress modeled by her granddaughter Jessie Tucker.

In the Adult Division Sewing Contest, Glenda Stewart of Geneva County won first place with a suit she made that featured an embroidered pique floral design fabric with a straight skirt and tailored jacket. Second place went to Martha Jordan of Monroe County who modeled her outfit which included a tunic jacket and straight-legged pants. Talladega County's Margaret Caldwell won third place with a cool black-and-white summer outfit that featured a crocheted blouse.

Winners in each division received cash awards of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $75 for third place.


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