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Cristina Díaz-Arntzen spent 28 years teaching in Wisconsin. She moved to Albuquerque in 2004 with her husband David and fell passionately in love with the Southwest and the Native American culture when she moved to Albuquerque.

A friend encouraged her to attend a punch quilting class at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center; she embraced the technique. Cristina has enjoyed creating and making punch quilts since 2005. Punch quilting is a fabric art technique that mimics quilting to create a fabric wall hanging without making a stitch. The “no-sew” method gives the punch quilt an appearance of a stained glass window. Through this art medium, Cristina designs punch quilts using multicolored fabrics, foam board, batting, temper board and some hand crafted tools design and creating a one of a kind unique wall hanging. Cristina’s art interests cross many mediums: weaving, beading, wire wrapping jewelry and crocheting. She incorporates many of these skills in her various designs.

Cristina’s applies her creativity and color sense to design fabric arts wall hangings of southwestern animals, landscapes, and Native American women adorned with costumes and mystical designs. Cristina embellishes her punch quilts using techniques such as ruching, pleating, weaving and beading. Many of Cristina’s punch quilts include turquoise.

Cristina has shown and sold her punch quilts fabric arts wall hangings at the Gate Way to Imagination at the Farmington Museum, the New Mexico State Fair, The Blue Portal, The Easel Place, The Wooden Cow Gallery, Amapola Gallery, Jezebel Gallery, NMCCF Gallery With A Cause, Sandia Crest House Gallery and numerous art shows. Many of Cristina’s Punch quilts wall hangings are display in homes around the world.

Cristina regularly teach Punch Quilting at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. She also offers private lessons to individuals and groups.

Artist Statement

I have enjoyed creating and making punch quilts since 2006. Punch quilting is a fabric art a technique that mimics quilting to create a fabric wall hanging without making a stitch. The “no-sew” method to create a punch quilt using multicolored fabrics, foam board and batting allows me to design and create a one of a kind unique wall hanging. Many of Cristina’s wall hangings are display in homes around the world.

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