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Our Town: West Union Stitching Together Friendships, Passion

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WEST UNION, Iowa -- One unique retreat is bringing together people with a common thread to the center of West Union.

Deb Thies realized her dream in opening up the Moonlight Stitching Retreat on the main square in West Union.

"I just wanted a place for people to come and sit and stitch however they wanted to stitch and spend as much time as possible," said Thies.

That's exactly what she created. Moonlight Stitching opens its doors to anyone with a needle set and a desire to stitch.

"It's just time away from all your responsibilities and hassles and distractions from at home because you're focused on yourself and being here and it's amazing how much creativity can come out and the influence of other people being creative," said Thies.

The retreat starts with a sewing retail shop and quilting area on the main floor. Upstairs are five bedrooms, 19 beds, two bathrooms a kitchen and a laundry room. Each bedroom, of course, features a quilt. It's everything a quilter would need to spend the night doing what they love.

Another feature of the store is the 14-foot long armed sewing machine.

"To lean how to do this it's a lot like writing cursive on the chalkboard, a lot of fine motor skills way out here." said Thies.

This retreat also stitches together the community. The quilters will make things for those in the area, such as pillowcases for hospice patients.

Thies also has plans to eventually add space for scrapbooking to the retreat. She says she sees about 30 customers a week.

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