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Thirty White Horses on a Red Hill...

By Denise Konicek

Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.

The concept for ĪThirty White Horsesā came from a combination of my love for horses, my recent success in completing a free motion quilted white-on-white rendition of a Mueller carousel horse head, my discovery of the Proverbial Challenge contest on the internet, and my niece Lauraās suggestion of using one of the ĪHobbitā riddles for the competition. A vision of the completed quilt flowed quickly from these strands, and after a few sketches I was able to position the three horses within the outline of the teeth to represent the three aspects of the riddle: first they champ (one is eating grass), then they stamp (one is stamping its feet), then they stand still - well, almost. There was one problem - the third horse took on a life of its own. I tried sketching it simply standing still, but it kept insisting that its nose itched. I guess there has to be one rogue in every crowd...