SEE IT: Heartbroken Minnesota family begs for return of Granny’s hand-cross-stitched map of America framed heirloom

A Minnesota family is desperately seeking to recover a beloved family heirloom that was accidentally sold an an estate sale last October.

Tyler Redden told KSTP that his grandmother, Rae Elizabeth Kellgreen painstakingly cross-stitched a map of the United States, working tirelessly in 1989 and 1990.

“Anyone who does cross stitch knows you start in one corner and if you make a mistake you have to restart,” he said. “So she started this three-foot by two feet tall piece from the East Coast, because she knew that was going to be the hardest part. If she was going to mess up, it was going to be over there. So she started stitching it from the top right and kept going down, knowing that it would get easier as she went.”

The framed final result hung on the wall  of her home for years.

Just had an ad hoc interview with KSTP 5 Eyewitness News to hopefully recover my Grandma Rae Kellgren’s magnificent…

Posted by Tyler Redden on Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Kellgreen died in August 2020, and her masterwork was accidentally placed into the “sell” pile instead of the “save” pile. The artwork sold for just $10.

Redden asked that anyone who knows where Kellgreen’s “America the Beautiful” ended up should call him at 651-497-1611 or email

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