Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and fifteen of that project.

This quilt block shows two cows from behind standing next to each other with a brown divider between them. Their tails are up revealing their large udders that are pink between their back legs. The cows are pieces of white and black fabric, and look like stereotypical milking cows. There is a brown structure over them in a large arch with a tan sign beneath the arch. The sign reads, "Ziegler Dairy Farm."
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When you have a dairy cow this ritual is performed twice a day no matter what. Most cows are well-behaved and cooperative once they get into the swing of things and if the farmer is consistent.

My grandmother grew up on a farm. They primarily raised sheep but like most other family farms they had a couple of milk cows.

She wanted to milk the cows in the worse way. Her father would never allow it stating that she was a young lady and it would make her delicate hands course. I’ve always felt that was the reason she was so anxious to do it.

Milking machines revolutionized the dairy industry. An experienced person can milk 4 or maybe 5 cows an hour by hand. With good equipment, a person can milk 150 cows an hour, Yowza!