Today is my first post of Inspired by....
I had the honor of staying at the Peacock Pavilions
in Marrakesh, Morocco. This place is MAGIC... While staying there you
travel from house to house and tent to tent through the olive groves
over paths. These are unique paths, each step is either too close or too
far apart so that you are conscious of every step you take. You are
present! My biggest goal and desire while I was in Morocco was to be
present, soak in every moment. From my room in the morning I walked
through these olive trees to the main house for breakfast. Starting my
day being present in the moment.... this has stayed with me and I am so
grateful for Maryam and Chris for creating such a unique and magical
My Path through the olive grove.
The Path to the artist tent.
The Path to our house.
I knew I would make a quilt at some point based on my love of these paths and the colors of Peacock Pavilions.....
At the beginning of the year Robert Kaufman asked if I would design a quilt out of their Essex Linen
to show at market. Of course I said yes.... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working
with Essex Linen! As I looked through the colors I realized that this
was the quilt that I would make to honor those paths!
Some of the beautiful colors from Peacock Pavilions...
in a traditional Arabian Tent.... This was our first night there and
was the most fun experience... the floors are covered in soft Moroccan
rugs you sit on firm embroidered pillows... with soft lighting and
bougainvillea hanging from the lights. The tent is covered in
traditional Moroccan stencil designs. Seriously how could you not start
off your experience with this and not be in LOVE with Peacock Pavilions!!
The Main house...
From the rooftop of our house looking towards the main house over the olive grove.
loved the nights at Peacock, the pool would darken as the sun went
down, the lights would start to glow in the seating area and everything
would slowly turn into an Indigo night... so beautiful.
So.... drum roll...... the quilt....
Paths of Peacock Pavilions (photographed on the canyon at our house)
quilted Olive leaves and Olives all over the paths. I am truly in love
with this quilt... the memories of such a special place that helped my
path to changing the need to always think about what is next or what I
have to do or, or, or to being present and in the moment. Enjoying my
children and my husband in the moment! It brings tears to my eyes
because I am so full filled by this by the love I receive and give by
being in the moment.
I hope you have a magical day!!!
Here is a great description of Peacock Pavilions from their web site. They are amazing people!
Pavilions is a handmade, artisanal boutique hotel in an olive grove on
the outskirts of Marrakesh. Part of the M.Montague offerings, Peacock
Pavilions was designed and built by American blogger and designer,
Maryam Montague, and her American husband, Chris Redecke.
The hotel, like the rest of M.Montague brand, supports Project
Soar, a non-profit organization established the couple to uplift
underprivileged communities, especially its girls and women, through
art, and fitness. 10 % of profits from Peacock Pavilions go to sourcing
Maryam, her husband, and two
children continue to live at Peacock Pavilions where they share their
own slice of a Marrakesh oasis with resident peacocks Maurice,
Persephone and Gigi, five cats, one mischievous yellow lab, and any
guests lucky enough to be stopping through."
Learn more about MMontague products and experiences at www.mmontague.com