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 thirty-five of that project.

This quilt block shows two young Suffolk lambs against a light salmon-patterned blue background. The lambs themselves are made up of shaped black pieces of fabric, like silhouettes. One is shaped in such a way that it is standing and taking a step, while the other is laying down with its legs folded underneath itself. The black pieces of fabric (and the ears and other details) are outlined with a very small orange fabric stitching.
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This is what Suffolk baby lambs look like.

They are born black and their fleece is white so as it grows out they take on the traditional appearance of black face and legs with white bodies.

I loved lambing time at my house. Sheep most often have twin lambs and occasionally triplets and quads. Most ewes however can only count to 2. So, we always had a few bottle lambs.

4 times a day we’d mix up lamb milk replacer and fix bottles and feed the lambs. Nothing is as excited or grateful as a lamb. Their little tails go a mile a minute.

Newborn orphans often spent the first day or two in my house. I would put diapers on them with a hole for the tail and they were as clean as having a dog in the house. It was not unusual for me to look into the living room and find a lamb sitting on my husband’s lap napping while he watched TV.

I am convinced that bottle babies played a role in the romance and ultimate marriage of my oldest son.

During their early courting days, they came to the house and it was time to feed the babies. I asked them to do it for me.

A young man cuddling and feeding baby lambs can be mighty appealing.