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 two hundred and two of that project.

This quilt block shows a small pile of rocks with a small (but tall) bush next to it in the shape of a tree. On the pile of shaded (with a pen) tan rocks is a black snail. the snail shell is an ombre rust and tan with a spiral stitching inside it. The mollusk is black with two antenna. The bush/greenery is almost as tall as the block and kinda pointy. This is all against a blue salmon-patterned background.

This is Bob.

Bob is a giant mollusk that belongs to a little boy named Petey. He is out for an excursion in the garden today.

Bob is about 5″ long. Bob may seem like an odd pet but they actually make nice pets. They don’t bark, shed or claw the furniture.

They enjoy garden refuse like cucumber peels and radish leaves. They will make funny faces with their eye stalks when eating something tasty.

They enjoy taking warm baths and showers and are quite affectionate. Bob likes his shell rubbed and also around his head and neck.

They are social animals so having more than one is ideal. Petey has 4 snails in total: Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice.

Because Petey lives in an ideal climate his little “herd” lives in an enclosure in his backyard.

Bob and the gang recognize Petey by his smell as they have very poor eyesight. He has rocks in their enclosure that contain chalk. They eat the chalk because they need it for their shells. Snails can actually gnaw through limestone.

You would think then that their bite would hurt but it feels like a tiny brush scraping your finger.

They have thousands of teeth but no force behind them.

All of Petey’s snails like to crawl up in his hand and rub against his thumb, cuddle down and take a nap.