after watching 4 youtube videos, searching for 2 cutting plates that i do not aleady own (and finding they are impossible to get now) and trying approximately 1271624t7549493272 different plate combinations from the cutting plates i already do own, i have found that you can cut quickutz dies in a sizzix vagabond (or BigShot) machine by simply using the a, b, & c plates from the provo craft cuttlebug... i'm sure i'm late to the party on this one but thats not really surprising either.
regardless, i hope this post saves someone else a headache later on...
ps. LOOK AT THE AWESOMENESS I CUT!!!