Here are the first three photos [NOTE: the edited chat transcript is available on Page 2 of this thread.]
1. first, clip the corners of your first flower petal. you don't need to clip the center.
2. lay your first petal face down on the center, making sure it all lines up.
3. sew your first seam. make sure to stay between the clip lines.
backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam