This next step I found on a blog somewhere last year and thought it ingenious. Using a matching coloured thread, I took a tiny stitch through each of the inside melon points in the exact order I wanted them to lie in the center of the block. I am using the same coloured thread as the piece I am stitching down so it is already in place and ready to stitch away.
Pulled the threads together, but not too tight.
Then arranged them neatly in the center. The white thread did not show up in the fabric so I used a black background.
I am still not too sure about the wash-away effect promised with this floriani stuff. It feels a bit stiff right now, but I am committed.