Review: Heart of the Garden

Heart of the Garden is a beautiful shaped puzzle that was just the right amount of challenging - I enjoyed the assembly very much.

Shaped puzzles are quite fun in my opinion; I enjoy the added difficulty of not having straight edges, but it's still a jigsaw puzzle and I know how to do those! I can't seem to break myself from trying to find and assemble the edges first even though it's not the quickest way to work a shaped puzzle. It doesn't really matter though, as long as I'm having fun I'm doing it right. Have you tried a shaped puzzle? There are so many interesting shapes and images to choose from. You can start small with less than 100 pieces, or go big with 1000 - it's all up to you. Click to check out all the shaped puzzles currently available at Puzzle Warehouse.

Sunsout puzzles are very good quality, and they have the largest catalog of shaped puzzles that I've found. The pieces are a good thickness with a nice variety of shapes, and they fit together very well. Sometimes the fit of their puzzles is very tight but I found the fit of this puzzle to be just about perfect. I found a piece or two that was slightly bent, but these things happen with shipping and storage; it took no effort to put them right and the image looks perfect to me. Click the link above to see all of their puzzles in stock now at Puzzle Warehouse, both shaped and straight-edged.

The beautiful colors in this image are what drew me in, it's really quite striking and made for an interesting and entertaining assembly. As usual I tried to start with the edges, because I'm stubborn as a mule and that's how I have to do things. It's more difficult with a shaped puzzle - not only because the edges are shaped, but because the actual shape can be moved and manipulated and you never get it just right until the interior pieces are put in. It keeps my brain cells working and keeps me completely absorbed in the assembly till the last piece - puzzle meditation. It's a gorgeous image and the assembly was great, I definitely recommend this puzzle!

Details:

  • Title:                  Heart of the Garden
  • Artist:                Nancy Wernersbach
  • Brand:               Sunsout
  • Piece count:     200 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 11 x 18 in. (28 x 46 cm)
  • Purchased:      N/A, sent for review

Quality:

  • Board:               Good
  • Cutting:             Good
  • Image:               Very good
  • Box:                   Average, quite large for a 200 piece puzzle
  • Fit:                     Very good
  • Puzzle Dust:     Moderate amount
  • Piece cut:          Random cut
  • Piece shapes:   Very good variety
  • Finish:               Slightly shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Very good, recommended

 

I received this product at no cost in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own.


Comments...

We totally agree with our Feature Writer Stacey on her Sunsout Heart of the Garden jigsaw puzzle having done more than a few Sunsout puzzles ourselves. As a matter of fact, we consider them to be top quality and totally comparable to the other major brands.

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