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Carleton Place Makes Better Homes & Gardens!!!

Carleton Place Makes Better Homes & Gardens!!!

I am always thrilled when a business or individual gets noticed outside of our town boundaries. Thrilled I tell you. So it was with great joy that I heard that The Pickle Dish at 24 Lake Ave West in Carleton Place got picked up for 11 glossy pages in the American magazine that has been around since I was little— “Better Homes & Gardens” (Quilt Sampler)

It is the Fall/Winter 2019 issue which you can pick up locally.







and 4 more pages how to make the quilt…


Also in the magazine!!!



Carleton Place has only one place to go and that is up!!! #supportlocal




Here is the history of the house that The Pickle Dish is in.

Threads of Morals on Lake Ave West

Emotional Patchwork — Quilting Your Life Together

The Ladies of St. Andrews

The Ladies of St. Andrews

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Mike Dakers–This is a picture of my grandmother  Alexina “Lexi” Dakers left hand side at St. Andrew’s church . The ladies auxiliary had a quilting group every week and when finished they would sell their finished quilts and the proceeds went to the church.

She did that every week, never missed, even in our busy days on the farm. She would make someone bring her in as that was her social gossip group. She loved it.

Debbie Potvin-Morey The lady on the left is my grandmother Alexina Dakers , they are the quilters from St. Andrews church in Carleton Place.

Donna Sweeney Lowry would the lady beside Lexie Dakers be Bessie Robertson? The dark haired lady to the back is Mary Stevens. The 3 were all members of St.Andrews church congregation. I agree with Debbie, these are quilters at St.Andrews church.

Bill Russell Mary Stevens back right.Cindy Stevens McFadden


Mike Dakers Lexie Dakers front left . Maybe Betty Godrey ,center,Mary Stevens,next. Not sure with the lady in the striped dress.


Gloria Rattray Wilson Bessie Robertson in the middle. St Andrews Presbyterian church hall.


The Carleton Place Police used to routinely warn kids about playing on the Carleton Place town snow banks. In January 29,1947 the Carleton Place Canadian reported that David Moulton suffered a fractured bone in his left ankle while skiing on Lancaster Hill. (behind the dog park) He was taken to the Rosamond Memorial Hospital in Almonte for treatment and returned home Tuesday night.





A Sneeze of a Tune from St. Andrew’s Church in Carleton Place

For the Love of St. Andrew’s– 130th Anniversary

Thanks to Christoper Trotman and family- from their Grandparents that once lived at 244 William st.

December 1933

The North Lanark Quilts

The North Lanark Quilts

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Aug 1971, Wed,  Page 41


Seven days after my birth I was placed in a quilt my grandmother had made and brought immediately to her home as my mother was ill. I was tucked into my crib with the same quilt I came home from the hospital in. At age 12 my mother died, and my grandmother sat with me on her veranda and wrapped that same quilt around me while I cried. Life was never the same after that, and the quilt was placed on my bed like an old friend when I stayed with her.  I would stare at the painting on the wall while I tried to sleep and thought that a lot of people understood art but not quilts. If I had a lot of money I would own a quilt and not a piece of art,  because in the end which gives you the most comfort?

Read the rest here: The Pickle Jar of Quilts


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This fundraising signature quilt was made in 1889 by the Scott family who owned the Pakenham General Store. Each name is beautifully signed with pen and ink. Do you see any names you recognize? All Photos-North Lanark Regional Museum 

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North Lanark Regional Museum

This (tiny) quilt belonged to Ethel Murial (West) MacFarlane


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Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.



Buttons and Quilts by Sherri Iona (Lashley)

The Pickle Jar of Quilts


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I have been writing about downtown Carleton Place Bridge Street for months and this is something I really want to do. Come join me in the Domino’s Parking lot- corner Lake Ave and Bridge, Carleton Place at 11 am Saturday September 16 (rain date September 17) for a free walkabout of Bridge Street. It’s history is way more than just stores. This walkabout is FREE BUT I will be carrying a pouch for donations to the Carleton Place Hospital as they have been so good to me. I don’t know if I will ever do another walking tour so come join me on something that has been on my bucket list since I began writing about Bridge Street. It’s always a good time–trust me.

Are You Ready to Visit the Open Doors?


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Gift Making with the Kids — The Pickle Dish



Is time running out? How about making this coffee cozy with the kids with fabric from The Pickle Dish. Keep your coffee hot and your hands cool with a simple fabric coffee cozy in your favorite fabrics.






Reusable Coffee Cozy with fabric from The Pickle Dish in Carleton Place


  • Coffee Cozy Template (download pdf)
  • Two pieces cotton fabric, at least 5-1/2” x 12” each (these will be fabric “A” and fabric “B”)
  • Piece of cotton batting, at least 5-1/2” x 12”
  • Button (we used a 7/8” covered button)
  • Scrap of 1/8” elastic, 2” long
  • Wash-away marking pen or pencil
  • Bamboo skewer or other long, pointed object
  • Coordinating thread
  • Hand needle
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


  1. Cut out coffee cozy template. Fold one piece of cotton fabric A in half and place template on top, aligning marked straight edge with folded edge of fabric (fig. 1). Trace around template onto fabric with wash-away marking pen or pencil. Cut out and repeat for remaining fabric B and batting.
  2. Place fabric A on top of batting, with edges aligned and right side facing up. Fold elastic in half to create a loop and pin in place to the center of one straight edge, raw edges together (fig. 2).
  3. Place fabric B face-down on top of fabric A, aligning raw edges with right sides together; pin. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew all layers together around edges. Leave a 2-inch gap for turning and backstitch over elastic several times to secure (fig. 3).
  4. Turn cozy right side out through gap, pushing out corners with a skewer or other long, pointed object. Turn under unstitched edges 1/4 inch; press cozy.
  5. Topstitch around all sides of cozy near outside edges.
  6. Stitch button into place on right side of cozy, centered vertically and approximately 1” from edge (fig. 4). Wrap around to-go coffee, loop elastic around button and enjoy!


The Pickle Dish

113 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 212-8770
Related reading:

Worry Dolls, Gingerbread and Bottles—Episode 3— Carleton Place’s (Favourite Things from Wisteria and The Granary)

Dolly, Dickens and Doggies —Episode 2— Carleton Place’s (Favourite Things things from the IDA and Natural Pet Foods)

Rockin’ Around Carleton Place — Episode 1— Carleton Place’s (Favourite Things from the Post Office and Applecheeks)