Hmmm. After my last post where I vowed I'd never baste, here is the evidence that I have recanted!Things started off well enough with the yellow flower centres.
Then everything appeared to be ok with the green stems, but the pin actually pushes them out of alignment, and it was tricky to keep them nice and straight. This was when I started thinking that maybe people take the time to baste for good reason... And I could baste all pieces with one long thread and carry the basting from piece to piece to save fussing with a new thread for every piece.
It worked. And it wasn't too painful. And it made the actual appliqueing a whole lot of fun because I wasn't constantly dodging pins. I am a convert.
p.s. I made the sticky black rice pudding, and it was ok. Probably not as sweet as some people would like it, and I think thick coconut cream would be more luscious than milk next time.