Friday, December 1, 2017


Check out the flier for class description, supply list and photo of pillow or quilt project options. Please pre-register at the Needle by calling 620-736-2942.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


It is time for Needle in a Haystack's yearly Twelve Days of Christmas! Come to the store or shop online. The dates and details are listed below:

Friday, September 1, 2017


This is your chance to learn the basics of applique, perfect to add detail to your future quilting projects. You start with a mug rug and we will have a kit ready for you! This class is Saturday, September 30, 10 am - 2 pm and taught by Cynthia Washburne. Please pre-register in the Needle, calling 620-736-2942 and on our website


Back by popular demand is GAZEBO TABLE TOPPER especially if you are thinking of Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. Class is Wednesday, September 27, 10 am – 2 pm. Come early if you need to buy your fabric or add to your collection for this project. It is taught by Cynthia Washburne, owner of Needle in a Haystack. We appreciate if you can pre-register by stopping by, calling 620-736-2942 or on our website


Many of you have strip packets, so here is another way using them by making the BASKET WEAVE QUILT. This class is Saturday, September 23 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Needle in a Haystack. Class is taught by Cynthia Washburne and please pre-register by calling 620-736-2942, coming by the Needle or on our website.


This class has three sessions on Thursdays, September 14, 21 & 28. Each class is 10 am – 2 pm and is taught by Cynthia Washburne. If you have not chosen your fabric, please come early on September 14 and get your 10% discount. Please pre-register by calling 620-736-2942.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017


Great summer class for youth and adult sewers from beginning to advanced skills. Pre-cuts are used so very little cutting so you have more time to sew. Choose one of two dates available, July 15 or July 27. Please Pre-register so you may enroll online or call 620.736.2942. 

Friday, June 2, 2017


You choose your Projects, sew your Hours, and have Fun for Days! Now that is what I call a Quilt Retreat! Needle in a Haystack Retreats are offered over five times yearly at Flint Oak near Fall River or Tawakoni near Augusta; both in Kansas.

Flint Oak Retreat is Friday through Sunday and has a hotel with private bath and 2 double beds. Breakfast is served at the Lodge. Tawakoni is Thursday through Sunday with lower bunk beds and bathroom shared by 10 people. Covered dish meals provide majority of meals at each retreat. Both locations have large light filled sewing rooms with adequate space for each quilter. Tables, chairs, ironing boards, irons and limited cutting areas are available.

Needle in a Haystack Quilt Retreats fill so quickly we rarely advertise them in our newsletter. Once you have attended a spring, summer or fall retreat, you will be the first ones contacted to attend the next year’s retreat. If you see a retreat opening in the Needle newsletter, we suggest you quickly check your calendar & contact our shop by phone. It is important to not overcrowd the sewing room, so the maximum number of quilters are generally 24 at Flint Oak or 19 at Tawakoni.

We offer up to five retreats each year so you can sew with other quilters and receive great door prizes. We ask that you reserve your space with a $50 non-refundable deposit. Once you have paid your deposit, you will receive emails with updates, agenda, remaining balance deadline, what to bring, and directions. Everything you need to know to attend a retreat.

Needle in a Haystack’s main objective is sewing, relaxing, being with other quilters, and having fun. Our schedule revolves around when retreat begins and ends plus when we eat. Your sewing schedule depends on how long and when you want to sew.

Demonstration is offered plus lots of door prizes.  A Mystery project is another optional offering for some retreats. 

We hope this blog has answered many of your retreat questions.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Starburst Tutorial

        This easy quilt has a lot of good color possibilities:  patriotic, seasonal, special holidays, favorite colors, or even that strip set you've been holding onto for awhile.  Whatever your choice make sure you choose a Background that has enough contrast from your strip colors.  That way your stars will show up the best.  Our sample was made from 1930's reproduction prints.  See pattern for other color examples.
          Please notice that our sample has an extra inner border, like the large throw option 2 on page 4 of the pattern.  This helps frame the main design before you add a fun large border.
          Another difference that I recommend for more advanced quilters is the use of a multi-size flying goose ruler, such as Marti Michell's or Creative Grids.  I used the ruler to cut the peak of Block 1 and the background triangle units.  Stop by the Needle to have Cynthia show you a quick demo if this sounds interesting to you. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Simplish Tutorial

          If you've watched the YouTube video of Simplish and are thinking, "Gosh, I already have a great 10" square bundle of 40; I wonder if it will work?".  Answer:"Yes"!  If you have a regular 10" square bundle of 40, and  a strip set or 2 1/4 yd background you are set.
          It will take 27 squares, so you can be picky... Use the ones you like the best and that offer the greatest contrast with your background strips.  With the background fabric or one color strip pack, 31 strips will take care of all the sashing and binding. 
          Need the pattern, come into The Needle?  This simple pattern will make you a happy person, as you sew thru the steps.  And we all know--
A happy quilter makes a happy home. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


This popular class will be offered again and again so everyone can make this quilt plus we like small class size. Our next class is April 29 so please pre-register. Here is the quilt, description and supply list:


This is a new class with a table topper filled with triangles using a ruler or template. Notice we offer two different classes on March 25 or April 19. We appreciate you pre-registering, so here are the class details:

CHAINED STAR - Beginner’s Technique Quilt

 If you are new to quilting or need a refresher course, this is the class you may want to consider. Selection of fabric, cutting, three different blocks, sewing and more are taught. Here are the class details and supply list, so please pre-register.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Saturday Schoolhouse

Just like other shop hops, this one has a school theme. At all four shops, you will:

·       Pick up a Report Card and each shop will give you a grade

·       Strip Packs for purchase

·       View great quilts using strip packs & Schoolhouse quilt pattern

·       Demonstrations of Notions or Rulers

·       Door Prizes

Get a grade at all Four Shops and:

·       Receive a Free Schoolhouse Quilt Pattern

·       Eligible for Special Basket of Quilter’s Goodies valued at $175

Sponsoring shops are: Needle in a Haystack, Charlotte's Sew Natural, Hen Feathers and Picket Fence Quilt Co

Spirals Table Topper

Just imagine using two fabrics to make this topper for all the seasons, for your home and/or family or friends. Join us in this class by calling 620-736-2942 or online. We appreciate you preregistering so we can have the classroom ready for you!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sticks & Stars Class

This quilt turns out different with each person's choices of fabric.  Look at our Facebook page's heading for more ideas of color combinations  (more photos of those quilts are available August 2016).  Supply list is included. 

Beginning Technique Class

This project is packed with a lot of information.  It looks more difficult than it is.  Supply list is included.