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 it seems as though we have been vacationing ever since!  We are both active in Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City - he in two choirs and the Men's Breakfast Group and me in the Quilting Group.  In addition, I volunteer at the Rapid City Regional Hospital Hospice of the Hills. 

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 and now spend most of my needlework time with quilting!!! 

The process of “cutting up perfectly good fabric into little pieces and sewing them back together again” truly fascinates me and, as I have stated on previous pages, I would be honored and pleased to do just that for you!  I can perfectly understand one’s hesitancy to send a stranger their precious memories.  But, rest assured that I will care for your items as if they were my own and strive to return a product to you that will, for years and years to come, honor you or your loved one and please you as well.



Susan Streed Gulbranson

Whiffletree Farm