All this broken crockery! I imagine that in the 1920's when these letters were written to The Farmer's Wife magazine a piece of broken crockery would have been of concern.
Broken Sugar Bowl should have been simple. For some reason this block took too long, with too much unpicking ... just imagine how my patience would have been tried had I used the sewing machine! At least with hand-stitching unpicking is quick ... but still disappointing. Why it took so long I put down to trying to fit other things into my day. The old adage "More haste, less speed" rings so true.