Awesome Ocean Block 3

Welcome to Block 3 of the Awesome Ocean Sew Along (AOSAL in my notations). I am loving this little puffer fish! This is now 1/3 of the way through the blocks when you finish these two. Not so bad, if I may so so myself. If you are using a light background, consider using another fabric for piece L.

Prep time is about 1 hour of cutting and about an 1 to 1 1/2 hour s of sewing – depending on interruptions and mishaps!

Hint 1: I used this sheet to cut and label my pieces. I liked having them the same size. I also flipped and saved so I could do the next block.

Hint 2: I ran into problems and low and behold there is a correction on Elizabeth Hartman’s site. She says: Page 7 (Puffy) piece G should be 1-1/2″ x 2″ and not 1″ x 2″. This was only true on the early versions, but check your cutting directions on page 7 before you cut.

Hint 3: Match up the “nose” and “mouth”. I did unsew to make this work, hopefully my hint will prevent that for you.

Hint 4: It is easy to mix up background pieces N & O. Fortunately I only did it on one piece and the recutting was easy. Again, hopefully my error helps you avoid one.

Hint 5: The top fin pieces, P & J, are laid out differently with the strips pointing UP, so be sure you look at it!

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Here’s the updated calendar for blocks and guest bloggers!

DateBlockBlock NameBloggers
Nov. 17, 2019Fabric Choices
Nov. 23, 2019Block 1Kelp
Dec. 7, 2019Block 2Octavian the OctopusBarb
Dec. 21, 2019Block 3Puffy the Puffer Fish
Jan. 4, 2020Block 4Angelica the Angel Fish
Jan. 18, 2020Block 5Chuckles the Clown Fish
Feb. 1, 2020Block 6Preppy the WhaleRose
Feb, 15, 2020Block 7Tony the Turtle
Feb. 29, 2020Block 8Mr. ManateeWendy
Mar. 14, 2020Block 9Sally the Seahorse
Mar. 28, 2020Top
Ap. 25, 2020Parade of Quilts

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Awesome Ocean SAL Block 4 – 1/4
Review of FQ bundle from LoveCrafts
#2020Goals (before 12/31)
Best of 2019 Linky Party (12/26-1/2)
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8

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  1. Cocoa Quilts
    December 21, 2019 / 7:52 AM

    Those little puffers are adorable!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 21, 2019 / 9:52 AM

      Thanks, Jan, I think they are too!

  2. December 21, 2019 / 8:56 AM

    Hi Kathleen! Oh my, this puffer fishies are so cute. I adore your fabric choices – I can almost see his mouth opening and closing. Great job! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      December 21, 2019 / 9:52 AM

      These little creatures are more fun to make than you can imagine!

  3. Vicki in MN
    December 21, 2019 / 10:01 AM

    I love seeing your progress on these cutie pies!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 21, 2019 / 10:14 AM

      Thanks, Vicki. I am really enjoying the pace of this….a little every two weeks.

  4. Joan
    December 21, 2019 / 11:06 AM

    Seriously too cute!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 21, 2019 / 11:13 AM

      Thanks Joan!

  5. December 21, 2019 / 3:02 PM

    So adorable!!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 21, 2019 / 4:55 PM

      I love these guys!

  6. December 21, 2019 / 4:45 PM

    Cute fishes!!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 21, 2019 / 4:55 PM


  7. December 22, 2019 / 9:50 AM

    They are all so cute. Love how they look in batiks. I am so late in this game. I finally have my background fabric picked out (blue!) and I’ve decided to use various FQ and scraps for the fish. I hope to catch up during the break and may be able to host one of the blocks. Let me get back to you in a couple of days.

    • December 22, 2019 / 1:10 PM

      They are so much fun. Love to have you host whenever and catch up as you can! It’s not that hard as long as you aren’t pushing on a deadline. Every 2 weeks is a nice pace. The first block is fast and people are just staring 3 so you’ll be caught up in no time! And you can start with 3 and backfill. – whatever makes you happy -as that is what this is all about.

  8. December 23, 2019 / 12:52 PM

    So cute. Love your puffer fish!!! They would make a perfect block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2020. Hope you have Happy Holidays and a Happier New Year!!!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 24, 2019 / 8:52 AM

      Thanks so much! I might look at the scrap challenge. I think I have enough on my plate, but I am always in the mood to use up scarps!

  9. thedarlingdogwood
    December 24, 2019 / 7:27 AM

    So cute!!!! I still haven’t started but should be able to in a few days. My goal is to be caught up before you do the next block. Love how your blocks look so far!

  10. December 26, 2019 / 7:23 PM

    These blocks are so cute!!

  11. inquiringquilter
    December 26, 2019 / 8:57 PM

    The little puffer fish are so cute! This will make a wonderful quilt. Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 26, 2019 / 9:08 PM

      Thanks, Jennifer. It is really a fun pattern and fun to link up!

  12. December 30, 2019 / 11:41 AM

    These guys are just too cute!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 30, 2019 / 11:43 AM

      Cute and fun and can’t wait for the grand niece to arrive and have this wonderful quilt!

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