Puzzle Expert Allegra Vernon on the Secrets to a Quality Puzzle

Cobble Hill released a video in April with Puzzle Maker Allegra Vernon. In the video, Vernon discusses lots of fun things for the puzzle lovers, including how she chooses new artists to represent on Cobble Hill puzzles, how they edit images to make sure you get the highest and best quality image on your puzzle, their own process for taking photos to make into puzzles, and the difference between random cut and ribbon cut jigsaws.

Cobble Hill is a relatively new company. Founded in 2005, these puzzle makers are committed to high quality with durable and thick pieces on premium grade blue board and even a box with a linen finish.

If you’re browsed our site often enough, you’ll recognize several of these nostalgic and lively puzzles. Afterwards, you’ll know the secret to just how they were created!

To view the video, just click on the photo below.

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Check out these puzzles, all created and imagined directly by Cobble Hill!

Cupcake Garden. 275 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″
Doughnuts by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″
Ice Cream by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″
Plenty of Yarn by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″
Bead Tray by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″


4 thoughts on “Puzzle Expert Allegra Vernon on the Secrets to a Quality Puzzle

  1. Susanna

    July 29, 2013 1:31

    they make nice puzzles! not shiny and the pieces are sturdy – sorta similar to the feel of Ravensburger. even the boxes are nice. I like the 275 piece easy handling ones – they have bigger pieces and the ones I’ve done so far have odd shaped pieces which are fun. the family puzzles are also neat wtih 3 different sized pieces with the larger pieces going on the left and getting smaller as you go across to the right. the Dinosaur Park and snow one are really colorful and are find the difference puzzles. I recently did Shady Creek Horses which is 500 pieces and that sucker was challenging with all the brown and green and yellow – beautuiful puzzle though and fun to work on. I wish they did more ‘brighter’ scenes along with the others they do.

  2. Anna

    July 31, 2013 3:20

    Was this post sponsored by Cobble Hill? It’s fine if it was of course, but if so, you should mention that. I’ve only done one Cobble Hill puzzle, it was one of the family style ones. Picture was adorable, but the pieces fit together so poorly that I gave up. It’s the only time I’ve given up on a puzzle! Maybe I should try another one, but I’m reluctant to hand over more money in case I don’t like it 🙁

    • Ashley

      July 31, 2013 7:20

      Thank you for the feedback, we really appreciate it! The post was not sponsored by Cobble Hill. However, we are highlighting a video that was produced directly by them, so I can see how it might look like that. Personally, Cobble Hill is not my first choice brand (mostly just not my type of imagery), but I do know a lot of our customers shop their puzzles exclusively and love them! There is a chance, if the puzzle you tried before had pieces that would not fit properly, that it was simply a defect in how the puzzle was cut. Jigsaw puzzles are cut on automatic machines, and though it is rare, mistakes can be made. In these cases, a lot of manufacturers will replace the puzzle for you – so you might try contacting Cobble Hill and telling them about the puzzle you had issues with. Their contact information is on our website under the brand guide for Missing Pieces. In any case, if you do try them out again, we’d love to hear what you think! – Ashley from Puzzle Warehouse

      • Ashley

        July 31, 2013 7:26

        Side note: To go into more detail, the cutting defect will occur when the blades from the die cut (that actually cuts the entire image into the 500, 1000, etc. pieces) starts to dull. So, the puzzles cut with a brand new blade will fit together more precisely, while the puzzles cut right before a blade is replaced, might fit a little loose because a dull blade would cut slower and less precise. Not saying this was the exact issue with your Cobble Hill puzzle, but just one possibility.

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