Did you ever notice how much a crazy quilt can resemble a map?
Clara apparently did.
1891.Crazy quilt by 13-year-old Clara Sawtell, done as a class project,
Wisconsin Project, pictured in their book
Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches by Ellen Kort.
"British America" it says above the Canadian border.
From Copake Auctions & Laura Fisher.http://www.laurafisherquilts.com/shop/Quilts/SPECIALTY-QUILTS/Silk-Velvet-Quilts/p/MAP-of-the-UNITED-STATES-AND-CANADA-ANTIQUE-QUILT-sku-10574.htm
American Museum of Folk Art collection---with our major waterways.
Another from Laura Fisher's inventory---20th century---with
our minor waterways too.
State Flowers. Yikes!
The New York Public Library's excellent image files
have this picture, probably from about 1940.
A very accurate representation.
I like the inaccurate representations better.
Things got tougher after 1959. What are you
going to do with Hawaii?
I've got several state maps in the file.
Some states are easier to represent than others
Harriett Deuell, Wyandotte County, Kansas, Dated 1887.
This is a map of Kansas, not Nebraska.
Nebraska is on our North. Indian Territory
is now Oklahoma.
An even more formidable project is representing the whole world---
or at least the Russo-centric part of it.
One of those category 6 hurricanes seems to have played
havoc with the gulf states here.
Clinton R. Hamilton, Washington DC, Dated 1934
The best one!
See a preview of the Wisconsin book here with Clara's story: