There I was, merrily stiching away. I had pieced together the quilt top - my first. Although it's far from perfect, I'm pleased with my quick and dirty first attempt at creating a quilt. I had found and marked the center of the sides and the border pieces wih pins, just as the instructions had indicated. I had pinned together the top and the final border. I made my final pass of stiches. My quilt top is done! Triumph! Let the removal of pins begin! Let me take you back to the moment...
I start to take out the pins which held the last pieces together. They're cheerful pins, with flat, sunflower heads. The final pin, in the middle of the outside border seam. I pull. It doesn't budge. I look closer. Wait a minute... I don't see all the pin. Where's the...? Doh! Looking at the wrong side of the seam, between the two pieces that I've Oh so recently sewn together, is the missing half of the pin. Inconveniently, my work horse of a new machine cleanly stiched Straight Through the plastic head several times, leaving it firmly, and apparently permanently, attached to my quilt top. Not Cool.
Armed with my trusty seam ripper, I remove the offending stiches, retrieve the wayward pin, and cleanly repair the space in the seam. Looking at the quilt top, you can't even see where the pin had been.
Clearly, the kudos should not go to me for cleverness.