It began as a challenge to create a quilt version of Grant Wood's painting, American Gothic. It took on a life of its own and became much larger. It was designed in Make The Cut software and many parts including the text were cut with my electronic cutter. The buildings were cut as stencils from freezer paper and details were added with inks. The golden parachutes and clouds were cut with fused metallic fabrics. Materials include cottons, sheers, nets, velour, zipper pulls, beads, sequins, charms and trims. There is also machine embroidery and free motion quilting.