Have you seen the current issue of American Quilter? If you have, you may have seen the article by Renae Merrill, called "Swirling Branches". In it, she explains her method of paper piecing and provides a free pattern for a holiday wall hanging. I've been interested in her technique of skewing blocks for interesting effects, so I've started that pattern -- though I'm still using Carol Doak's method for the actual paper piecing. It works for me, so why change, right? ;)
I've run out of Carol's paper, so I'll need to go buy more to finish printing out the foundations, but I got a good start today on one block and its mirror image. Here's what a single block looks like:
Can you see how the red and yellow pieces will resemble lights at the tips of tree branches? No? LOL! It might be a bit soon for that, I'll admit. Now I have fourteen more blocks like these, but in gradually smaller sizes, to make, as well as adding some other pieces to square things up.