Slice & Stitch Challenge: Isabelle Selak

Welcome to our second of six Slice & Stitch Challenge posts that we’ll bring to you throughout 2019 in partner with our good friends at Olfa. With each installment, one Aurifil Artisan + one Olfa Ambassador will receive the same products with the challenge to make one new project to share with all of you.


Isabelle Selak & Joanna Marsh

Rotary Cutter Specialty Blades (Pinking, Scallop, Wave) & Aurifloss

This month, we are thrilled to introduce you to Isabelle and Joanne. They knocked their projects out of the park and are both offering free tutorials on their blogs. Enjoy!!

Hello, everyone! My name is Isabelle Selak of South Bay Bella Studio. I’m so excited to share my latest project with you.

I use Aurifil products in all of my projects, and I recently began using Olfa products just as frequently. The two products I’m sharing with you today – Aurifloss and the Olfa pinking blade – were new to me at the start of this project, but I have added them to my arsenal of must-have quilting and sewing tools. Aurifloss is available in 270 colors, and with six strands to pull from, you are sure to find just the perfect weight. The pinking blade in the Olfa rotary cutter is an easy-to-use alternative to pinking shears, convenient for use in a number of projects.

Olfa cutting mats and rotary cutters are essential to my work.  However, their specialty blades are a new addition to my list of must-have tools.  The pinking blade in the 45mm rotary cutter was a quick and effective way to trim my assembled cushion cover to reduce the bulk before turning it right side out.  I can only imagine the uses for it – applique, bag making, quilting…the list goes on!

Spring is just starting to peek through the clouds here, so I’ve got bright, crisp projects like this Stripe Dash cushion cover on my mind. The simple shapes and lines really allow the colors of the fabrics and Aurifloss to shine.  Three strands of Aurifloss was the perfect weight for my first hand quilting project.

The Stripe Dash cushion cover is a quick project that uses a few shades of one color with a background fabric, or you can mix it up and use a few prints to make this variation of the traditional churn dash block. You can find a full tutorial for this project on my blog at South Bay Bella Studio.

Thanks so much, Isabelle! We are head over heels for this cushion! ❤


To enter to win one OLFA Deluxe Handle Rotary Cutter + one OLFA Stainless Steel Pinking Blade + set of Aurifil Flossie (a mini-pack of 5 fabulously bright colors of Aurifloss) click HERE. You do not have to complete all of the entries, but the more you do, the greater your chance of winning! This giveaway is open to all of our friends, worldwide. Entries will be accepted between now and 11:59pm on Tuesday, April 2nd. Winner will be contacted via email. Good luck!

Head on over to Olfa’s blog to check out Joanna’s (Kustom Kwilts) project and don’t miss our next Slice & Stitch Challenge coming up in May!

Isabelle Selak designs modern quilt patterns and executes other sewing adventures at South Bay Bella Studio in Morgan Hill, CA. She is a work at home mom with three crazy kids, her husband, Bill, and their labrador, Taylor. She creates patterns that are a modern take on traditional style quilts, with plenty of opportunity to make them your own.

Find her online via her blog, facebook, and instagram.








    1. Hi Lisa — I’m so sorry for any difficulty you’ve been having. I’m showing the giveaway as active and see that there are a chunk of entries already. Are you still having trouble? Let me know and I’ll do whatever I can to help. Thanks so much! — Erin at Aurifil

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