These are impressive - even in light of your misgivings - I do see what you mean about value- but regardless your green background block works - the other does more of what I imagine you wanted- each layer popping out distinctly and it too is awesome - whatever you saw as not matching up isn't visible- great job!
The one with the green background looks different but not bad. The two blocks have a different feel to them but that's what makes quilts interesting. When the blocks are all together, they form interesting patterns and will pop in different ways. I would be happy to receive either (or both) of these blocks and I echo Mymble 's comment - the offset in the center isn't at all noticeable. There's a lot going on in the center of the block which pulls your eye away from the miniscule offset at the center. They look lovely
Ditto the above comments...these are awesome blocks. And I think you have hit on one of challenges with paper piecing is trying to figure out how fabrics will play against each other in the end. I always feel each new combo and block is a learning experience for me. Nice job and quilts are not meant to be perfect.
I love both of these.
You really got this right this time with the blues! All of them are nice but the blues just work the best. I agree that other groups will NOT be like this and we'll all miss the comments and reinforcement.