WINNERS RECOGNIZED IN SEWING, QUILITING AND DECORATING CONTESTS
August 01, 2015
By Debra Davis
First-place winners from left are: Ruby Nuss of St. Clair County, Table Runners; Sarah Oden of Etowah County, Youth Table Runners; Anne Yancey Barrett of DeKalb County, Hand-Stitched Quilting and Machine-Stitched Quilting; Blanche Lee Mitchell of Blount County, Baby Quilting; and Cheryl Nelson of Crenshaw County, Tablescapes.
Thousands of tiny stitches and big smiles circled around winning entries at the Women's Leadership Luncheon today at the Alabama Farmers Federation 43rd Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery.
County winners competed in two sewing divisions, three quilting divisions and a tablescape design contest featuring commodities from Alabama counties.
First-place winners in each division received $150, while second- and third-place won $100 and $75, respectively.
"The participants in our state contests always do a good job, and this year was no exception," said the Federation's Kim Ramsey, director of the Women's Leadership Division. "The time and skill on display here today is amazing. These talented women do a great job of preserving our state's history of hand crafts and hospitality."
The top three winners in each division were:
Table Runners: First Place - Ruby Nuss, St. Clair County; Second Place - Glenda Stewart, Geneva County; and Third Place - Melanie Stokley, Washington County.
Youth Table Runners for ages 7-12: First Place - Sarah Oden, Etowah County; Second Place - Victoria Balakitsis, Tuscaloosa County; and Third Place - Brittney Shelton, Randolph County.
Hand-Stitched Quilting: First Place - Anne Yancey Barrett, DeKalb County; Second Place - Melanie Stokley, Washington County; and Third Place - Blanche Lee Mitchell, Blount County.
Machine-Stitched Quilting: First Place - Anne Yancey Barrett, DeKalb County; Second Place - Tippi Helea, Randolph County; and Third Place - Mary Burroughs, Tuscaloosa County.
Baby Quilting: First Place - Blanche Lee Mitchell, Blount County; Second Place - Ruby Nuss, St. Clair County; and Third Place Melanie Stokley, Washington County.
Tablescapes: First Place - Cheryl Nelson, Crenshaw County; Second Place - Joann Wissinger, Jefferson County; and Third Place - Jennifer Brock, Marshall County.
More than 800 farmers from throughout Alabama are attending the conference, which began Thursday. The conference concludes tonight with a closing banquet. Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall will address Alabama members, and Young Farmers contest winners will be announced.