If you flip the quarter-blocks so that the starting squares are to the center, you end up with a layout that resembles a spider web... Gina Koston discovered this when testing the pattern. So I share this variation of the snowflake... as well as another short story.
"Soon we were on the Cimarron Cut-off and were building our cooking fires with buffalo chips. My chore was to gather the buffalo chips. I would stand back and kick them, then reach down and gather them carefully, for under them lived big spiders and centipedes. Sometimes scorpions ran from beneath them. I would fill my long full dress skirt with the evening’s fuel and take it back to mother.
It was on this trip that I made my first acquaintance with the big hairy spider called a tarantula. They lived in holes in the ground. When we found such a hole we would stomp on the ground close beside it and say, “Tarantula, tarantula! Come out! Come out. Tell us what it is all about.” And sure enough they would come out walking on long stilt-like legs. As a reward for having obeyed we would kill them." 😨