Crafted to resemble quaint buildings, the cuckoo clocks Jodie Davis collected over the years made her long for one designed after one of her favorite places: a quilt shop. Her dream became a reality when she contacted the Schneider Cuckoo Clock Company of Shonach Germany. She pitched her crazy idea and they said go!
Like every cuckoo clock, on the hour and half hour the cuckoo emerges to proclaim the time. But on this clock the cuckoo precipitates a chain of actions. The quilter’s arm moves to rotary cut the fabric painted on the table, the kitty jumps up and down on a stack of fabric bolts and a chimney sweep pops out of the chimney.
Jodie designed the quilts by the door of the clock using Electric Quilt 5. She scanned and emailed catalog images of a rotary cutter and fabric bolts to help the sculptors in Germany carve the props.
Note: The little wooden plaque at the front bottom of the clock will not be on your clock. It was a miscommunication between Jodie and the factory. (German/English) The idea was to have it signed on the side. Better to have no signature!
Hand made in the heart of the Black Forest, this limited edition quilt shop cuckoo clock is created by skilled craftspeople, with some of the stages of manufacture taking place in their homes as they have for over a hundred of years.
Development of the Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock
While we started the design process when I was in Germany, we perfected it once I returned home. I sent drawings and pictures of cutting mats and fabric bolts as a guide for the prototype.
I traced the basic clock from the catalog and drew in what I wanted on the clock. Then I numbered parts and gave more detail on additional pages.
The entire process was immense fun, but the best part is the what the quilters who received that batch of clocks had to say.
Kimberly Jackson of the Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Burkburnett,Texas writes:
"I get so many complements on my clock in my store. I can't tell you how many times I have to fast forward the time to noon so we can watch her cut fabric."
So many people have asked me when I'll be bringing in another batch so now, thanks to Kickstarter, here's your opportunity to have one of your very own!
To read more about the development of the clock, go to my web site to read Diary of a Cuckoo Clock Designer.
Details About Jodie's Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock
- Authentic Black Forest Cuckoo Clock made by the oldest manufacturer in Germany
- Hand carved quilter, kitty, fabric bolts and thread spool pendulum.
- Animation: On the hour and half hour the cuckoo pops out of his door and sings, the quilter rotary cuts fabric, the kitty jumps up and down on the fabric bolts, and the chimney sweep peeks up from inside the chimney.
- Cuckoo door can be latched to silence the cuckoo.
- Instructions for setting up and caring for the clock are included
- Two year warranty
- The pendulum is a hand painted spool of thread
- Made by a 150 year-old company in the Black Forest
- Measures 10" W x 12" T x 6.5" D minus pendulum and weights
- Brass 1-day movement
- Pine cone cast weights
- Shut-off silences the cuckoo either completely or from 9 PM to 8 AM
- Made by hand in a small factory in Germany, the clocks are the real thing!
With the mission of spreading smiles, Jodie is launching a new company, Dixie Duckies, which delivers smiles in the form of American-made rubber duckies (the first since the 70's, and made in the only factory that still knows how to make them -- the one that made Ernie's Duckie!) that she "accoutermentizes" into even happier little characters. She them makes and adds tage to express your customized sentiment.
Since one of the first characters Jodie created has the Duckie poking his head out of a cuckoo clock door, it seemed appropriate to offer the Cuckoo For You Rubber Duckie as a reward.
Explanation of Funding
Since the minimum factory order is 50 clocks, I have set that as my funding goal. The price includes 5% Kickstarter and Amazon payments fees.
The factory estimates six weeks for production of the cuckoo clocks. The distributor tells me to add an additional six weeks for the clocks to travel from Germany to the U.S. and get through Customs. It took a little about that much time for the last order, but I'm told you never know, especially with Customs. I will order the clocks as soon as the Kickstarter campaign ends successfully, and will box them up and ship them off as soon as they arrive in my hands. I will, of course, keep everyone in-the-know as to the progress of the clocks. Kickstarter makes it very easy; their notification system worked extremely well last time.
Here's a little graphic of the expected timeline:
Each clock arrives from Germany in a USPS-approved box. I then place that inside a brown box for further protection.
Shipping via USPS Priority mail to the continental U.S. is i$16.
If you live outside of the continental U.S. I'll be happy to ship your clock to you. As you'll see in the Rewards section to the right, I've figured up shipping for places cuckoo clock-loving quilters are most likely to live. Choose the appropriate one. For other countries please send me a message.
Risks and challenges
This is what I wrote for my previous, extremely successful, Kickstarter for the clock:
"Since we are working with one of the oldest cuckoo clock makers in Germany through a proven US-based distributor, plus the fact that a few years ago I imported two batches of clocks, our only risk is, well, not much.
I have factored in a little extra for both production time shipping time, so I'm very comfortable with the delivery date.
Of course, I will keep everyone apprised of the progress of the clocks via email and Facebook and through Kickstarter updates. Part of the fun is the anticipation!"
Turns out everything went great, the clocks showed up on time... but... they didn't have animation. When I opened a box that Friday afternoon of their arrival to check them before shipping them (labels printed and ready, USPS lined up to pick them up) it was a shock that they lacked their animation! It had been several years since I had ordered them before: no one caught the mistake. So back the clocks went to Germany to be repaired. Boy, were they mortified back at the factory and a stream of apologies crossed the sea from Germany!
Repaired, they arrived back here in Georgia in December and every one of them, including the one headed to the UK, made it in time for Christmas. Here are a few of the e-mails I received:
My cuckoo clock arrived on Monday, Dec. 15. I will be mounting it on the wall in my studio this week. I was very pleased with the look of the clock. It looks even better than the original picture which you showed us. ~Francyne
Jodie you have made a dream come true. I had looked at the Black Forest Clocks many years before you came up with your design. I was so happy to to be in a position to buy one eventually.
I do hope the people I introduce to the clock via Facebook go ahead and use the Kickstarter platform and decide to purchase one. Hope you go on and sell many, many more.
Thanks so much
~Maureen in Jersey, Channel Islands.
My cuckoo is here!! Just got a chance to open the box - the clock is really beautiful! I have a special place in my sewing room for it to hang. Thanks so much for all your hard work to get this project going and for keeping everyone informed while the design issues were resolved. Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! ~Stacy
- (21 days)