I have stitched Colorado following the chart as close as possible. There are 62 counties plus Denver in gold and I'm 98 days into the project. It seems like I've been working on it forever but that's about .6 counties per day and some of those counties took a long time.
So far it's been a paint by number project. Not any more. Now I'm going to start thinking outside the box. I like the original design for the rest of the project, an all over pattern in ecru and "Colorado". It's a good design, but I want to make the finished project my own (in other ways than the mistakes I've made so far).
My plan: Outline the state in a dark brown or gray and add outlines for the surrounding states. I'll use the charted all over pattern, or a different one to color in the other states. Each state will be a slightly different muted color.
I wasn't going to add any words. Someone argued that others wouldn't know what it was without Colorado. I'm not worried about that. But, if I add words, it will never be hung upside down. I'm leaning towards "Colorful Colorado". I've googled the old sign and the font on it isn't remarkable. I'll have to figure out a good style of letters to use.
I have some more thinking to do before I pick up the needle again. But, it's going to get easier from here. The hard part is done.