by Dorathy for Hyssop Tree January 12, 2020

I love new beginnings. 

Every December, after Christmas, I sit down with my journal and think forward to the new year.  I am not really into the New Year’s resolution thing.  It just doesn’t work for me.  But what I have found effective is goal-setting. 

In the front of every journal are the goals I set for myself.  It’s my hope to accomplish every goal before the year is done.  To help me do that, I put my goals right in front of my calendar for 2020, so every time I look at my calendar, those goals are looking right back at me.

2019 was an exhausting year, and one goal I made for myself was to invest more time in the things that recharge me.  I want to have less screen time and spend more time in my creative space.  So I started the year working on a wonderful project that I’m so excited to share with you.

Singer 99k restored for quiltingThis project actually started in 1955.  I came across it in 2019.  She’s a 1955 Singer sewing machine that I found discarded at a thrift store in a nearby city.  Sadly, it seems that she wasn’t used to her fullest capacity.  To my surprise, she was in amazing condition and all she needed was a little oil in her joints.

Once I got her going, I realized she’d be the perfect companion to join my husband, my dog and me on our quick new year’s trip to warmer weather.  I set a challenge for her to see if she was up for the task: I wanted to put together the blocks for a charity quilt in under a week.

Before we left, I spent several hours cutting all the pieces for the inaugural quilt.  In total, there were 630 pieces to cut and organize.  It was honestly so exciting because I had been thinking about this project for several months.  It felt so good to finally cut into fabric and see it come together.

Sewing quilt blocks on a singer 99k by dorathy lachman for hyssop treeWhen we arrived at our home away from home, I couldn’t be more thrilled to find the perfect spot to get my new gal all set up.  She felt right at home.  Throughout the week, as I meditated on my goals, I steadily worked on the 42 blocks that would come together to make this quilt.

Stitch by stitch, the blocks looked more like what I saw in my head.  And little by little, purpose was breathed into my new year.

Charity Quilt blocks by Dorathy LachmanWhen it was time to pack up, I had a much better idea of what I wanted to get out of the new year, and I had 35 blocks that will come together to make a quilt.

For now, I dream of who will get it.  I know this quilt will be with her for many, many years.  I hope that it’s a glimmer of hope despite the circumstances she can’t control.  I hope that it does what quilts do – wrap her up in warmth and love with a soft embrace. 

I hope that it’s part of her journey into a new beginning, just like it was part of my journey into a new year.

Dorathy for Hyssop Tree



Dorathy for Hyssop Tree


Dorathy for Hyssop Tree

Hi, I'm Dorathy! I started Hyssop Tree to connect difference-makers through community. If you're new, welcome! Take a look around and be sure to explore the blog for more interesting articles and the soaps page - where every soap you purchase helps someone in need. Also, I'd like to invite you to join our community - once or twice a month I send out a letter to my pen-pals. Just sign up below!

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