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May Slice & Stitch Challenge

Welcome to the third of six (6) Slice & Stitch Challenges that we’ve teamed up with Aurifil to bring you! One OLFA Ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan will receive the same products and create a project or tips / tutorial for you! This month Alexa Byman and Afton Warrick were both given the OLFA Rotary Circle Cutter and Aurifil’s 100% Cotton 80wt.

For a quick video tutorial on the Rotary Circle Cutter visit our youtube channel here.


Hi! This is Alexa Byman from Maple Winds Quilts and I’m so excited to be part of the Slice & Stitch challenge which showcases some of our favorite ways to use OLFA and Aurifil tools alongside each other.


 This month’s featured tools are the OLFA circle cutter and Aurifil 80 wt thread. Paired together, these tools are the perfect combination for creating a circle appliqué quilt, which is exactly what I did! I created a free pattern for this quilt which is available to download from my blog under the post named Circle Chain Quilt. There are also more quilt photos of the quilt I made, and the quilts made by my pattern testers available on my blog.


The OLFA circle cutter is so easy to use! It has a ratchet handle that makes it extremely easy for one-handed use, and compared to using templates, it takes a fraction of the time to cut perfect circles. Simply adjust the center point along the guide to make any size of circle ranging from 1 1/2” to 8 1/2” in diameter. It makes cutting for the Circle Chain Quilt pattern a breeze and despite it being a circle quilt that requires appliqué, it’s actually a really fast quilt to make!


As you can see by these photos, using Aurifil 80 wt thread makes a big difference in how your appliqué stitches look, so I’d highly recommend the Aurifil 80 wt for any and all appliqué needs!

I’d love to see your versions of the Circle Chain Quilt! Head on over to my website for the blog post and free pattern to make your own!



To see Afton’s tutorial head over to the Aurifil blog HERE.