Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Windmill Mini ~ #18/52

Mini Quilt-Challenge #18/52 was inspired by a Sew & Tell share by Melisa at Pinker Punkin Quilting...

The tiny windmill blocks, that measure 2" square and is 6" square overall, reminded me of the giant windmills about 40 miles to the north of Trinidad...

It was then reinforced by a portion of Scripture that was noted in my current Bible Study, from Hosea 7...

They turn, but not to me—
    turn here, then there, like a weathervane.

The song "Turn, Turn, Turn" comes to mind as well... which is what I was singing in my mind (maybe humming aloud) as I stitched in those little arrows...

Ecclesiastes 3 (the Message)

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

2-8 A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

9-13 But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.

14 I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.

15 Whatever was, is.
Whatever will be, is.
That’s how it always is with God.

I have been using my Message translation for my daily readings this year.  It can be a bit challenging as the verse notations are not always individually noted, but grouped, because of the way it was written to encompass several verses (such as vs 2-8 above), but I have come to love it.  I find it helpful to use a parallel or comparison reading on BibleGateway if I am looking for a specific verse address.

Our daughter gave me this Bible a few years ago.  It's funny that she gave it to me because she knows that I don't like adult coloring books... yet she gave it to me anyway. LOL!  I started out inviting others to choose a picture to color and sign it and date it for me.  Each time I come to one of those pages I remember them in prayer.  I have added a few notes and drawings of my own... If you were to thumb through, you would notice that I have more sketches and drawings of my own sprinkled throughout than the actual coloring pages of my own.

Dave was raised being taught that you don't write in a Bible.  I used to be of the same mindset but have slowly changed my ways.  As you can see, I have no problem with writing some of my thoughts in this one... after all, it was designed specifically for this purpose.  

Enough of my rambling... 

Do you have a favorite Bible translation? 
Or a favorite daily Bible reading plan? 

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Keep Piecing,


Linking with:

Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Put Your Foot Down at For the Love of Geese 
Free-Motion Mavericks at Quilting & Learning
Thankful Thursday at Brian's Home
Little Things Thursday at Good Random Fun



  1. Cute windmill mini! I love the embroidered stitches too.

  2. Aaaw your mini windmill block is adorable, Melva and I am so honored that my little quilt blocks gave you a bit of inspiration. It is perfect for reminder of the large windmills too. Since you said that, I am reminded of how you create blocks for your camping quilt. This would be a good one. Love your Bible and how you invite sweet loved ones to color and sign it. So heart warming.

  3. Catching up on blogs this week, and of course you have been a busy one! The tiny windmill blocks are a delight. I hope camping was great. I recently made a Bible cover/bag. It is roomy enough for a book, but the little bag is a brilliant idea, I may make one of those too! My go to translation is NASB, and I use Bible gateway to survey when I am not quite sure of how a word is used. Merriam Webster is another surprisingly good resource as it shows etymology. I have a discipleship partner and we meet weekly via FaceTime for our a Bible Study. We are going through the Bible using the Kay Arthur study guides, so we do lots of writing!

  4. Those big windmills look scary to me. That is a wonderfu Bible and you can truly make it interactive if you like. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  5. Hi Melva, that's a cute windmill block. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.
    I have no problems writing in books if they are my own. I think that it's a great idea to have others colour in your bible and sign it. Those are great memories.

  6. Love the windmill blocks. That bible is interesting and I love the idea of people writing in it and then you remember them. I mostly read online these days, not sure I have a favorite verse, but one that comes to mind today is "Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation." Ps 91

    ou who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
    will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”

  7. I, too, used to keep my Bible "clean". I've been doing Bible studies for several years now and only in the last 2 have I felt the urge to write in it. Now I wish I'd done it for years! I read those verses of Ecclesiastes at my mother-in-law's funeral service. They were a favorite of hers and mine.

  8. I usually use the NIV but also like the NASB. Our daughter and son-in-law got married the beginning of May and had a journaling Bible next to their guest book. The encouraged guests to write and sign next to their favorite verses. What a treasure to have starting their lives together.