A confusion during a real estate sale sent a treasured piece of a family’s history to Minnesota – Grandma’s giant cross-stitched map of America – and now they’re desperate to find it.
It took Rae Elizabeth Kellgreen over a year to painstakingly create the item – a 3ft x 2ft high cross stitch from the USA.
The job includes every state and capital, with the exception of Topeka, who was accidentally left out, his grandson, Tyler Redden, told KSTP.
If a picker makes a mistake he has to start over, so Kellgreen started the project with the East Coast “because she knew that would be the hardest part,” Redden said.
“If she was going to ruin everything, it would be over there. So she started sewing it on the top right and kept going down, knowing it would get easier as we went along, ”said Redden.
Kellgreen finished the job in 1990 and wanted to submit it to the state fair until she realized she had left out the Kansas capital.
The work therefore remained in his living room until his death in August. It was accidentally sold in a subsequent real estate sale for just $ 10.
“This cross stitch is so important to my family,” the grandson told the station.
“It was the room that, you know, the centerpiece of his living room for the three decades before his death.”