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Patti Lee, Sulky VP of Consumer Relations, Loses All in House Fire

Prayers & Assistance Needed for Patti Lee

House Fire

Our dear friend and coworker Patti Lee, and her husband Kenny, lost their home and precious cats to a fire last night; just a little over one week before Christmas. It was determined that lightning struck two trees behind their home, which exploded and subsequently set their home on fire.

Patti Lee House Fire


Many of you, our valued customers, likely have been helped or taught by Patti over the years. She has helped produce almost all of our education pieces and is an invaluable asset to the Sulky team. Patti participates in all of our live webinars and answers most of the customer questions that filter in through the Sulky inbox.

Patti has been an integral part of Sulky of America since its inception in 1987 and really before then as a friend and colleague of its founders, Fred and Joyce. If you have ever worked with Patti you know that she is one of a kind and goes to great lengths to help others in her position as Vice President of Consumer Relations. Patti does not rest until each and every customer is satisfied!


Right now she and her husband are in great need to put their lives back together. Her home, two vehicles, and everything inside was a TOTAL loss, including her beloved cats. She and Kenny managed to escape with only the pajamas on their backs, Kenny’s cell phone, their dog Buffy and Fred and Joyce’s dog Bright, who happened to be staying with Patti while Fred and Joyce were traveling.

Patti Lee House Fire

While they and us are grateful that they escaped unharmed, we know insurance will not begin to cover the entire cost of replacing a lifetime of belongings, not to mention the many other immediate needs.

Please send prayers for our friends, coworker and neighbors along with anything you can donate to help ease the financial burden of recovery through this GoFundMe page.

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!



    I am so sorry to hear about this… May God give you comfort and blessings. Prayers for you and Thanking God that we are not saying good bye! Heartfelt love and hugs…

  • Jacalyn Diamond Cummings

    Thoughts and prayers are with you both. How sad for this to happen just before Christmas, although no time would be good.

  • JD Cogar

    So sad to hear of your loss of cats, home and belongings. Prayers are with you as you start to put your lives back together. Glad to hear that you were able to get out safely.

    • June

      I’m so sorry. I can’t even imagine your pain and loss. My prayers are for comfort and peace as you embark on a new journey forward. God be with you.

  • Martie Dutro

    to our dear Pattie Lee, I am so sorry about your house. It takes time to heal. It’s a lot to deal with. I lost my home and whole town to a wildfire last Nov in Paradise,CA. Best wishes. Martie

  • Susan Ramsay

    Was this in relation to the Louisana tornado, or the big storm system sweeping from south to north in the eastern US? Prayers and heartfelt condolences.