The USA Jigsaw Puzzle Association is dedicated to creating a nationwide community for jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts, establishing a framework for competitive jigsaw puzzling events, and acting as the United States representative and official liaison with the World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation.
Our mission is threefold:
- promote jigsaw puzzling as a hobby and provide a hub online for people to share news and events related to jigsaw puzzling;
- provide guidelines and support for competitive jigsaw puzzling competitions;
- work with the World Jigsaw Puzzling Federation to determine the puzzlers eligible to represent the United States at the annual World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship.
Valerie is a lifelong jigsaw puzzler and began competing in the year 2000 shortly after moving to Duluth, Minnesota. She and her teammates were featured in the documentary Wicker Kittens, produced and edited by Valerie’s significant other Mike Scholtz. In 2014, she started the Duluth Puzzle Derby and is now eager to share her passion for puzzling on a much broader level.
Jonathan has been doing jigsaw puzzles for many years. His earliest jigsaw memory was meticulously gluing all the edges of each puzzle piece in an attempt to preserve the puzzle image. He didn’t realize that glue dries clear — so gluing the top would’ve saved several hours of effort. A born competitor, Jonathan created the Jigsaw Puzzle Contests FB group in January 2020 to bring people together for face-to-face and virtual jigsaw competitions. He currently lives in West Texas with his wife and six children.
Tammy has been doing jigsaws for most of her life. After meeting some like-minded friends, she now enjoys competing in puzzle championships with them in Southern California and beyond. She is also currently working on the 40,320 piece Disney Memories by Ravensburger.
Faith has been doing jigsaw puzzles for over 40 years. Her fondest and oldest jigsaw puzzle memories are of doing old wooden jigsaws with her godmother and her family. She wants to share her love of puzzles and the positive attributes it brings to others. She currently lives in Decatur, GA with her husband and two daughters.
Aly grew up puzzling with her family every Iowa winter. They always mentioned how, even as a toddler, she would come up and put in pieces they had long been looking for. However, she only puzzled for fun until 2017, until a friend commented on her speed and suggested a competition. After a few events with friends, they expanded to host events in bars as the Pacific Puzzlers. Aly eventually moved on to focus on other projects but continues to puzzle competitively. Her team (including Tammy!) won the Minnesota Winter Carnival competition in 2020 and hopes to compete in the World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship. She hopes to share her experience to help more groups host competitive events!