a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzlea 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle completed    a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzleUnfortunately, this puzzle ended up being 999 pieces instead of 1000, but I’m still crossing the’Completing a 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle’ goal off my bucket list!

Luckily, someone at one of our vacation rental properties left this puzzle when they were visiting. I was half way through completing the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle when I noticed, in the tiniest writing ever, that the top of the box said “one piece missing.” Darn! What to do? I rationalized that it was still technically a 1000  piece puzzle, it just lacked one piece, but I would definitely know where the piece went. So there!

I hadn’t done a puzzle since I was a child and never one with so many pieces to it. I was naive to think that it could be completed in one night. 4 nights (7 hours and 18 minutes) later…success! Though this was challenging, it was also extremely relaxing. You don’t find too many opportunities where you can concentrate on just one thing and let everything else go. That was worth every minute! 

 

TIPS ON COMPLETING A 1000 PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE 
1. Turn all the pieces with the print size up.
 2. Separate the border pieces from the interior ones.
 3. Start connecting pieces with the border.
4. Complete sections with  large objects.
5. Orgazine pieces by color or pattern.
6. Complete color sections.
 

Have you ever completed a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle?

RESOURCES
JigZone, do jigsaw puzzles online
Puzzle Warehouse, choose from thousands of puzzles for sale
 
FACTOID
The world’s  largest jigsaw puzzle was 24,000 pieces