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SYSK: Business owner sews and quilts for others

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WEST UNION (KWWL) -

Quilting and sewing is what Deb Thies does for herself.

"Women underestimate their worth and need to be a little more selfish, and I can help them with that. No problem," said Deb Thies.

Thies owns Moonlight Stitching Studio and Sisters Retreat in West Union. The business opened in April of 2010, as a place for people to unleash their creativity.

With a full kitchen and room for 20 people to sleep, women can come here all weekend to sew. Marilyn Mihm said she comes to the sewing studio to "play." She nominated Deb for "Someone You Should Know."

"I think Deb is an awesome person. She helps everyone. She's very community minded," said Mihm.

One of Deb Thies' community projects is making pillowcases for patients at Heart of Iowa Hospice.

"I came across some fabric at a quilt shop, and it was just so tranquil and calming," said Thies.

She's also made quilts for people from the clothing of loved ones they've lost.

"They're very special. It's not hard for me to cut up the clothing. It's hard for me to let go with the quilts once I've done it. I just treasure the time I've spent with what was so intimately owned and worn by that person," said Thies.

Thies grew up sewing with her mom, and she got into quilting about six years ago when she signed up for a sampler quilt class with a friend. She said she makes pillowcases and quilts for others because it's a way to make people's lives a little better during difficult times.

"Whatever help and support I can give them, any comfort is so important. I get a lot back from giving," said Deb Thies.

"She's a very generous, sharing person and they should know that side of her," said Marilyn Mihm.

Besides her community projects, Thies hopes her studio and retreat space give other women a chance to take a little time for themselves.

"And I can help with that. No problem," she said.

In addition to running her business, Deb Thies is a full-time respiratory therapist. If you're interested in booking a weekend retreat, just contact Deb at Moonlight Stitching Studio in West Union at 563-422-8212 or click here for more information.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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