In my online hive, Bee Inspired, a bee mate asked us to make her a block that looked like a former pet. I have cats now, but when I was young I had a wonderful dog named Shamrock.
I studied Lorna's Dog Gone Cute blocks, searching for one that looked like my Shamrock. I finally decided on Block 5 because it had Sham's coloring.
To make my block, I used green fabrics because Shamrock was Irish <grin>. I also modified Lorna’s pattern to give my dog long floppy ears just like my Sham. In my original post about the block, I linked back to Lorna's patterns. Lorna liked my version of the block so much she asked if I could supply the details of my modifications to her readers, in case one of them wanted to make a Shamrock block too. So here goes.
I started with the instructions for Dog Five. When cutting, I made these changes:
To make the floppy ears, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of two of the A squares, place them right sides together on the corners of the C rectangle, and sew on the line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and press back towards the corner. Repeat to add the second A square.
Sew the C2 rectangle to the bottom of this unit. Repeat these steps to make a second ear.
Assemble the dog block as described in the pattern, sewing the floppy ears to either side of dog’s face.
That's it! I hope you enjoy my Shamrock variation. Thanks again to Lorna for providing the original patterns. Making this block for my bee mate was so much fun! Making a whole quilt of them would be awesome!