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 twenty of that project.

This quilt block shows a weeping willow tree. The trunk of the tree rests in the center of the bottom of the block and grows upward, tapering to the end point at the top. Then yellow and green stitching comes out of the top like a fountain and "sprays" downward. With each stitching line there are green leaves outlined by stitching to indicate the leaves of the tree. On the left leave vine closest to the trunk there is drawn a dark green caterpillar with yellow spots.

When I was about 10 we lived in a corner lot in west Denver for a year.

There was a huge weeping willow tree outside. I found it really interesting because we don’t have them here and I thought it was very cool how the branches “wept” clear to the ground, leaving a hollow space underneath.

It was like a giant umbrella.

One day when I was walking by I saw the most hideous creature I had ever seen (I swear I just had an involuntary shiver). On the end of a branch, about a foot off the ground was a horned tomato worm.

From Wikipedia, CC0 license (public domain)

They are HUGE and UGLY. At the time I thought maybe it was from outer space.

My father was away on a business trip. I didn’t want him to miss this momentous event.

I put it in a pickle jar so he could see it when he got home. Of course, this had to be accomplished without touching the creature.

If you look close you will see a tomato worm on this weeping willow too.