The Chanhassen Centennial Quilt was created in 1996 in celebration of our centennial. Thirty local women spent five months working on this beautiful piece of art.
The first step was to figure out what should be included on the quilt. This was accomplished in two “brainstorming” sessions where everyone recollected people, places, and things that reminded them of Chanhassen. Over the next two months, the women took those ideas and created them in fabric. Audree Sells, a nationally known quilter and artist from Chaska, then took all the pieces and designed the quilt-top. Once the top piece was sewn together, it took volunteers 262 hours to hand quilt the piece.
The quilt includes some of the older homes in Chanhassen; for example the Joseph Vogel home that is now the Bluff Creek Inn and Governor Lind’s summer home that is on Camp Tanadoona property. Also represented are old St. Hubert’s Church, the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Arboretum, Schutrop’s Feed Mill, and the old train depot. The upper portion of the quilt is dedicated to farming, which represents the role agriculture has played in Chanhassen’s history.