About us

This page would more appropriately be named "ABOUT ME", I think, and I will try to do just that...

First, a WHIFFLETREE is the wooden bar to which the traces of a horse harness are fastened so that a wagon or farm implement can be pulled by horses.  At the time we named our property, my late husband did have horses, we had an abundance of trees, and I just liked the sound of the word - Whiffletree!

Whiffletree Farm was my home about 25 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin.  I was employed by the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine where I worked since its opening in 1983.  I am a Registered Health Information Administrator (Medical Records) and retired from my position of 24 years in 2007.  After retirement I returned to my home town of Proctor, Minnesota.  I was widowed in 2008,  remarried in 2012,  vacationed in the Black Hills of South Dakota and was smitten!  My husband and I relocated to the Hisega area of the Hills in the Fall of 2013 and enjoyed an extended vacation until 2017 when we returned to Minnesota. 

I don’t remember a time in my life that I did not have some kind of needlework project in the works.  I do remember (albeit fuzzily!) working on “sewing cards” with a plastic needle threaded with yarn as well as “knitting” with a gizmo that my mother made for me, consisting of 4 nails pounded in the top of a wooden thread spool.

Through the years I have dabbled in just about every kind of needlework - clothing construction, embroidery, crewel embroidery, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, braided rugs, locker hooking, and a long stint with Norwegian Hardanger.  It was a Hardanger class project that introduced me to quilting because the project that I selected was a wallhanging of both Hardanger and 4-patch quilt blocks - except I did not know much about quilting!!  I was hooked! 

It was when living in the Black Hills that my attentions turned to ponderosa pine needle basket making - a craft that does involve a needle and thread of sorts in the form of artificial sinew.



Susan Streed Gulbranson

Whiffletree Farm