Etowah County entries claim wins in Farmers Federation contests – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

Etowah County entries claim wins in Farmers Federation contests – News – Gadsden Times – Alabama News

Two Etowah County entrants took first-place honors in a series of contests sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division.

Jean Vaughn placed first in the machine-stitched quilt contest. Betty Gaines of Wilcox County placed second.

Vaughn also claimed third place in the adult Christmas tree skirt contest, behind Melanie Connell of St. Clair County and Lydia Haynes of Cullman County.

Sarah Oden won the youth Christmas tree skirt contest. Abigail Crosby of Lamar County was second and Madison Cole of St. Clair County third.

Contestants from throughout the state entered quilts and Christmas tree skirts spotlighting Alabama’s top row crop — cotton — and in a tablescapes competition.

The awards were presented Saturday during a luncheon at the federation’s 45th annual Commodity Producers Conference and Expo in Birmingham.

“I love to quilt,” said Anne Yancey Barrett of DeKalb County, first-place winner of the hand-stitched quilt contest. “My quilt pattern is a ‘Dear Jane,’ which is named after the original pattern maker and has more than 5,600 pieces.”

Barrett, who has won the Federation’s hand-stitched quilting contest multiple times, said this year’s entry took about two years to make. She also placed third in the machine-stitched quilt contest and won a custom Christmas door hanger as the People’s Choice Award for her Christmas tree skirt entry.

Martha Jordan of Monroe County won second in the hand-stitched quilt contest and Elaine Bozeman of Crenshaw placed third.

Comfy, cute quilts for babies also drew several contest entries. Randolph County’s Stella Edwards won first place in…

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