Jodie Davis the Cuckoo Clock Designer 20

cuckoo clock designerHatched a different kind of chick, Jodie Davis’s inner muse tested this world this way and that, but she didn’t quite fit in anywhere — until a boyfriend’s intended insult became a gift of clarity. For him, “You live in a rubber duckie world,” was a put down: for Jodie it was the crystalizing moment.

She booted the boyfriend and set about letting her rubber duckie muse call the shots, to create her own world, her “It’s Rubber Duckie World!”

Thirty-five books later – her best seller, Rubber Duckie, sold 230,000 copies — Jodie became a top TV host in the crafting world shepherding an online network for quilters,, which was birthed in the early days of online TV. Her journey  brought her to demonstrating products on HSN, guest co-hosting the most-seen crafts show on PBS, and producing and hosting long-running monthly series including Quilt Out Loud!, an off-the-wall lifestyle quilting show she created with Mark Lipinski and Quilt It, now in its seventh season.

But now it’s time for…

The Cuckoo Clock Designer

cuckoo clock designerCuckoo clocks!

A collector of German mid-century cuckoo clocks for years, Jodie jumped at the chance to journey to the premier cuckoo factory in the Black Forest. She turned it into an entre into designing her own clock, her ulterior motive for a visit to film an episode for a show she was producing and hosting.

Having imported multiple batches of her Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock since, Jodie was spurred on to create more designs for the many kindred souls who are likewise enchanted by these magical little boxes of Black Forest charm.

cuckoo clock designerAs she discovered, she’s not the only one who’s cuckoo for cuckoo clocks! Her second design, the Backyard Birds Cuckoo Clock, made its debut in fall 2016. Next up was her American Barn Cuckoo Clock in fall 2017.

The Cuckoo Clock Story Continues…

Read about the journey from designing and importing, to making cuckoo clocks here in the USA. The American Cuckoo Clock Company Story

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20 thoughts on “Jodie Davis the Cuckoo Clock Designer

  • Linda Wright

    I love cuckoo clocks and I would love to have one. I love watching all the birds in my yard. I feed them and the little hummingbirds too. Wish we had the cuckoo bird in this part of the state.

  • Tom

    Hi! My name is Tom, and I’ve got a bit of a strange question. I’m looking for help identifying a doll pattern for a 50-hour trivia competition next week. Here’s a link to the picture.

    I don’t have any information on the image, but after doing a little digging, I thought it might be from one of your books on doll making. Could you tell me if it is? If not, sorry about the trouble. Thanks!

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Tom,

      That is a strange question. It’s always fun to see how and why people contact me!
      Nope, not my doll. And I have no clues for you.
      Sorry I took so long to reply. Was in Germany designing cuckoo clocks.
      Best wishes,


    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Amy,

      Your local clock doctor should be able to do such a thing. I’d call first and see if s/he works on cuckoo clocks and if not ask for a recommendation.Cleaning is usually magic for getting a cuckoo to run well again.

      Good luck,


  • Zita

    Just read about you in Parade, it appears by the information on this site that you have found success in other areas of creativity besides your cuckoo clocks. I’m very happy for you and wish you the best of luck in this new endeavour, keep on believing in yourself, you inspire and delight the world with your cheerful visions.
    Kind regards,

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Oh thank you Zita!
      I just created a presentation about how each of the things I have done has led to the other and gave it to a quilt guild last month. They loved it. It really super charged my engines to be such an inspiration for others. And that’s what the cuckoo clocks are about. And what I call success.
      Thanks so much for writing!

  • Steve

    Hi Jodie,

    I enjoy all of the Quilt Out Loud videos on the net. Been a member of QCA / QNNTV since 2015. I also love my Quilting Rubber Duckie! I wanted to also get the cuckoo clock but was told no…. too much noise. Oh well. The rubber duck sits on my desk, in my quilting studio, still in her wonderful box.

    I was wondering…. will there be any new episodes of Quilt Out Loud or a similar fun video series coming? I really enjoyed all of the videos with you and Mark L. in them. I play them in on my laptop, but send the video feed to my 63″ flat screen mounted on the wall, also in my quilting studio. I find that a large screen is very useful. I can take on line classes and am able to follow along while at my sewing machine or quilting machine.


    Quilter in NC.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Steve,

      I wish there were going to be more episodes of Quilt Out Loud!

      Tragically we had to end the show after four seasons. We were really just hitting our stride together, but Mark’s health necessitated it. There were two shoots during which I thought I was going to have to hold him up. After he got his new kidney we talked about starting a show again, but he has never been the same, and now he has learned that he has to go through the new kidney process again.

      And by the way, QNNtv was bought by yet a bigger fish three years ago and I had to figure out how to support myself. Fortunately cuckoo clocks is becoming a great business that will feed me and my horses.

      As you most likely know, you can silence the cuckoo using a lever on the side of the clock (Quilt Shop) or a pull at the bottom (Backyard Birds). But then the cuckoo doesn’t come out at all. Hum, a cuckoo with Laryngitis? Ear plugs? 😉

      Gosh, thanks for being such a fan. Spreading smiles is my mission!


  • Jim Donaldson

    Hello Ms. Jodie,
    I saw you in the Parade Mag. last Sunday and got me thinking. I hope your pic and income level has done you some good! I am Jim Donaldson from CA. Soon to get the heck out of this crazy state. I am a disabled Vet with plenty of time on my hands to think. Seeing your passion for CC clocks gave me a { I think} great idea for your CC clocks. I know this idea has never been done before and would like very much to share it with you.
    Please give me a call and I will clue you in on something great. I may be able to help a bit $ to get this idea off the ground. I am serious not some jerk trying to get at your ZERO $0 income. I truly believe these would sell thousands.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Jim,

      Aha! This is where you wrote to me. I got your message and expected an email. I had my hands full of horses when you called. Called you back yesterday afternoon but no answer.

      The 0 income was 1-1/2 ago when I first launched the business. Parade didn’t ask for an update and in fact didn’t even give me a heads up they were publishing it. The business is actually thriving. I truly am reinventing the cuckoo clock!

      Try me again today!



    I have been fascinated with cuckoo clocks since childhood. My great aunt had one in her kitchen. My siblings and I would walk over to her house and wait to see the cuckoo come out. (back in the early 70’s this was high entertainment for a kid). During the summer we also got a Popsicle! Anyway many years later I have bought quite a few since then. On a recent trip to the Black Forest we saw a huge number of clocks and styles! Needless to say that has only re-invigorated my passion for them. I am looking to make my first one shortly (Harley Davidson inspired).

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Michael,

      I am so happy to discover that so many people have happy memories of cuckoo clocks. (i.e. I’m not the only nut!)

      Please keep me updated on your Harley Davidson Clock. One of my horses is named Harley. His former owner, a man, would say to his buddies, “I’m gonna go ride my Harley.” Feel free to contact me for any reason. I can point you to cuckoo docs and those who restore them.

      Have fun!


  • Richard pinkham

    Hi my name is Rich, my grandmother has passed and I have the cuckoo clock that was in her kitchen since I was a child. I’ve alwaysed loved it, and when I found it in the basement not being used and only having a dark dusty cold place to call home, I said your coming to a home that will love to hear it coo coo. I have no idea how to set it up or no if it’s a 1-5-7 day clock. I’ve looked on internet and seen your video and thought that you would be the best one to ask for help. I am just learning how to use the computer or email. My teacher, I mean my daughter. We’re wondering if maybe if u could call me so I can get a much better idea of what to do and how to maintain it. I’ve had it for 3 weeks now and I don’t want it to loose its lust for life.
    I hope you can help me, Thanks for your time.
    [email protected]