The base outline of my newest design ‘Jigsaw’ is shown at the left. It is a combination of 4 different quilt block outlines surrounded by 2″ ‘sashings’ between and around the blocks. Each block is 8″ x 8″ in a 4 x 4 grid format. The original drawing is 22″ x 22″.
I thought ‘Jigsaw’ was quite an appropriate name for this piece a) because it is a ‘jigsaw’ of quilt blocks and b) well, as you have probably guessed from looking around at my site, I like jigsaws :). The only option for a custom jigsaw in a square format is as a magnetic jigsaw. This particular format is 19″ x 19″ and is just 500 pieces:) No too big and not too many pieces, but a challenge just the same – lots of lines :). It is available for purchase at my Custom Jigsaw Shop. Take your time and look around. There are smaller and larger custom jigsaws available as well. My ‘Clock Strikes‘ series of Tangled Line Art designs are also available as Circular Magnetic Jigsaw.
The jigsaw ‘Jigsaw’, as a magnetic jigsaw, is possibly my next jigsaw project after ‘Flying Geese’ – 2000 Pieces.
Current Jigsaw Project – Flying Geese – 2000 Pieces
I have just started ‘Flying Geese’ 2000 Pieces. When finished, it will be 29″ x 39 ” give or take a ‘smidgeon’ :). I do my jigsaws on MDF, either 3mm or 6mm thick. MDF works well as it has enough ‘traction’ so that the pieces don’t slide all over the place. For the most part, I use 3mm thick MDF to actually do the jigsaws on. Usually, I have two pieces of MDF the same size – one to work the jigsaw on and the second piece to cover the jigsaw in progress when I am not working on it. I find it is way too easy for a piece to be accidentally ‘knocked off’ an ‘open’ board to be lost forever – almost forever! 🙁 Ask me how I know this 🙁
The image on the left above shows almost 2000 pieces of ‘Flying Geese’ – lots of lines:) In a standard jigsaw, you will notice that the pieces are two basic shapes. I think of these as ‘long’ pieces and ‘short’ pieces. The two images to the right show a few ‘long’ edge pieces and a few ‘short’ edge pieces. Separating the pieces into these two basic sections certainly helps me when I am doing jigsaws:)