Piano playing for fun and pleasure had become an exercise in frustration and pain. I decided to learn a new instrument. I wanted to take up something that not everyone played, because thereby I could more easily become an expert. Haha. I decided on a hammered dulcimer, since it didn't involve breathing (problem: asthma; recognizing myself as a mere mortal is so difficult. I decided not to renew my so-called skill with the clarinet or trombone) or as much finger dexterity as many other instruments.
So I perused eBay and bought a hammered dulcimer from a man who had purchased one for his grandson for Christmas. The grandson had been begging and begging, and then decided in November that he wanted a keyboard instead, right after his grandpa had bought him the HD. So I got a good deal, though not a steal, on a brand new Songbird 16-17 chromatic HD.
|My hammered dulcimer|
I decided to quilt a cover about the time a friend invited me to go and peruse the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. It was a super experience, the beautiful work so inspiring, after which we went shopping at Hancock's of Paducah, and I found just the music-themed fabric I needed. It was soooo tempting to buy more, but I resisted. Sometimes my buying resistance is too strong.
|Hammered dulcimer cover|
|HD Cover, reverse side|
- I trimmed this quilt to the shape of the hammered dulcimer. Next time I would leave it as a rectangle and let the corners hang down. The weight of the corners would more likely keep the cover from slipping and let it drape better.
- Next time I might use flannel as batting instead of the 80-20 I used, which turned out to be a little stiff and not as drapey as I would like (see #1.