I really love big stitch on quilts. It takes a little more time but I love the impact it has. Sherri has a wonderful tutorial on this method.
It I'm going to be repeating an image in my quilting I like to cut it out of contact paper. This allows me to repeat the image uniformly throughout my quilt. If you would like to see my method you can go here.
This method works well with baptist fan. To learn how to cut your archs check out this link.