For the melons I sewed two pieces of muslin together on the pattern line, slashed one melon, then turned them inside out, smoothed them, then sewed them down. I'll have to remember that this procedure makes the melons a bit large and shrink the pattern piece accordingly.
I get the best placement results by far when I baste down the pattern with the applique pieces cut out. It's hard to go wrong with applique placement when you do this. I then baste the folds down on the muslin so they don't get distorted (diamonds only), and then baste the diamonds and the melons to the batik with the paper in place. All I have to do then is take off the paper and sew the muslin to the batik. It's a little extra trouble to do all that basting, but it makes all the rest of the work so much easier.
This is definitely my favorite red batik, though I have several that I really like. Some of them are really wild; they run the gamut from hot pink to red orange. This will not be a dull Dear Jane.