Awesome Ocean Block 5

Welcome to Block 5 the Awesome Ocean Sew Along (#AOSAL) and Chuckles the Clown Fish. We are now halfway through the blocks!! And we have 3 guest hosts coming up in the last few weeks – Rose, Emily and Wendy! This is so much fun!! The Awesome Ocean pattern was written by Elizabeth Hartman and this SewALong encourages you to purchase her pattern (information below) and learn from my mistakes (you can see the links for prior blocks below or at the top of this page).

Now, I really do love that name, Chuckles. One of the characters in the Mary Tyler Moore show was Chuckles the Clown. One of the funniest shows that I remember was the funeral of Chuckles the Clown. Mary can’t contain herself at this funeral; this was after she chastised her coworkers for laughing so much as they regaled stories about him. Here is a link to the episode and at minute 22 there is the famous line that Chuckles was remembered for “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants”. SO, I have been chuckling a lot to myself as I make this one!

Hint 1: Fabric Considerations for this block:
For those with a light background – Change the white to another color (h,i,j)

Hint 2: Time to Prep/Make Block:
Prep time is about 1/2 – 3/4 hour of cutting and about 1 hour of

Hint 3: My error?
I was short here, so I don’t know if this was a mistake in my cutting, or not.
Check pieces N, M, G – I added a 1/4″ to my M to make it work

Hint 4: Make sure you orient these pieces correctly.
You can see two pieces of M are pointing up and two pointing down. It is easy to make a mistake here.

This is really making me so happy. We may have a snowstorm coming tonight, but I could just pull this aquatic gang out and I would be so happy!

Here’s what you need to play along:
1. Get the pattern from my amazon affiliate link* or
from  the designer directly or in your local store.  
2. The links are updated below for any completed blocks.

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 TurtleEmily
Feb. 29, 2020Block 8Mr. ManateeWendy
Mar. 14, 2020Block 9Sally the Seahorse
Mar. 28, 2020Top
Ap. 25, 2020Parade of Quilts

Here’s the linky party – for both blocks 4 & 5! I needed to change this due to the other linky party I am running on the 22nd of each month, so there will be one linky for the month for the Awesome Ocean blocks (unless I figure something else out). It will be on each page so you don’t need to worry!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Coming Up: 
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8 (1/22)
The Winter Blues (1/20)
Swap Mob Bag
2019 Monthly Color Block Quilt Finish (1/31)

Linking Up:

Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link and as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.


  1. Beth Talmage
    January 18, 2020 / 1:59 AM

    My niece was here for the weekend, and at dinner something prompted me to use Chuckles’s famous phrase. She looked at me quizzically and I realized that she had never seen that episode. I gave her an extremely abbreviated explanation but you know I’m going to send her a link to your post so she can enjoy the gloriousness that is this episode. What a divine coincidence!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 18, 2020 / 11:45 AM

      What a fun coincidence! It was a great show, but I am sure it would read dated today. It did keep me laughing as I was making the block though.

  2. January 18, 2020 / 7:48 AM

    What a great post, Kathleen! That episode from The Mary Tyler Moore Show is my favourite also; you just can’t help laughing at Mary lose it! Great colours in your quilt 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      January 18, 2020 / 11:46 AM

      I have been Mary at a wake…not an awful thing, but a bit emabarrasing.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 18, 2020 / 11:46 AM

      Thank you, Nancy!

  3. thedarlingdogwood
    January 18, 2020 / 8:56 AM

    Chuckles looks great! I have heard that line before but admit to not having watched Mary Tyler Moore–it was one of the great shows I missed due to when I was born–the song “born to late” comes to mind 🙂 Thanks for the tips on some of the pieces, I might wait to cut those until I’m at that step.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 18, 2020 / 11:48 AM

      I was afraid that would be the case for some of the young ones. It was only that one piece and I tried to figure out if it was me, and I really couldn’t see that it was, but maybe….

  4. January 18, 2020 / 11:40 AM

    There is a whole lot of fun fishy business going on at your house!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 18, 2020 / 11:48 AM

      Indeed, there is!

  5. January 18, 2020 / 7:37 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Oh boy, these little fishies turned out so cute. All your tips are very helpful, too. I’ll have to wait to pass judgment on my favorite fish . . . because they’ve all been so cute. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • January 20, 2020 / 10:09 AM

      It sure is hard to say which one. I love seeing the different versions – a few more should be showing up in the linky parties….for your diversion!

  6. January 19, 2020 / 9:29 AM

    Very cute fish blocks! I really like how you included how long each block takes approximately.

    • January 20, 2020 / 10:10 AM

      I think it is a nice thing to know when you are taking on a project like this! Many people are overwhelmed by the many pieces.

  7. Joan
    January 19, 2020 / 10:38 AM

    Your quilt is coming along “swimmingly” get it? Fish swim! Ok it’s early, I haven’t had my coffee yet! LOL!!! Seriously though, it looks fabulous!!!!!

    • January 20, 2020 / 10:11 AM

      You are on roll! I am having a whale of a time, and my coffee as I type this.

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