Quilt that covers about 750 people

Centre, Philippa McCray with Brenda Lincoln and Dee Franks of Q4IS.'PCTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Centre, Philippa McCray with Brenda Lincoln and Dee Franks of Q4IS.'PCTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

This is the amazing World War I memorial quilt masterminded by a Lutterworth woman.

Philippa McCray had the idea of creating a quilt to commemorate people who gave their lives in the Great War.

“I hoped I could make £1,000 for charity from people contributing to the quilt” she explained.

In the end the quilt became five quilts, commemorating at least 750 people from all over the world. So far it has raised £4,300 for Help for Heroes and Q4IS (Quilts for Injured Servicemen).

“It exceeded my wildest dreams and became very personal and very emotional” said Philippa. “People sent little stories and photos with their contributions, so many days started with me in tears!”

Individuals and groups from the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada the USA and Europe paid at least £3.50 for the fabric thread and an instruction sheet to make their five inch square contribution.

The quilts were then pieced together by a group led by Brenda Lincoln of Q4IS, who is also from Lutterworth.

“We had to lay it all out on the floor of Lutterworth Cricket Club, and we worked on it for weeks” said Philippa.

Now she’s hoping to make more money from selling postcards of the amazing quilts.

She’s also looking for venues that can display them. Contact Philippa at ww1centenaryquilt@btinternet.com