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.Competitors in this year’s competition had earlier won their county contest for the right to compete in the state contest, sponsored by the Federation’s Women’s Division. Each garment, quilt or crocheted table runner was 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 in the 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 third 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 Clothing Division first-place winner was Michelle Puckett of Russell County with an outfit modeled by her daughter Carly Puckett. Second place went to Gail Oden of Etowah County with a dress modeled by granddaughter Sarah Oden. Mary Tucker of Fayette County won third with a sundress modeled by granddaughter Jessie Tucker.In the Adult Division Sewing Contest, Glenda Stewart of Geneva County won first place with a suit 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 with a summer outfit.Winners in each division received cash awards of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $75 for third place.
Cotton Fashions Take Center Stage At Commodity Conference