A betweens needle, or quilting needle, is a needle for hand sewing quilts. Typically, betweens needles are short and thick so they can move easily through multiple layers of the quilt. Betweens needles usually come with small eyes, but you can buy larger eyed betweens needles for easier threading. It’s recommended that beginning quilters start with smaller needles, such as a size 8 or 9 and as they get better at creating short, even stitches they can move up to slightly larger needles such as 11 or 12.