I have several block pattern books with multiple versions of the same blocks shown. A simple block can be made many ways and each looks different. Look outside the box for a different look.
This is the basis for the The Carpenters Star or the Carpenter Wheel. Many different parts of the country will give a different name to the same block. Research into the blocks is fun because you can find so many variations and yet the elements are the same. Change is good, but watch for copyrighted blocks. Some of the older ones never had a copyright.
Use your imagination and have fun with it. Chris