FULTON, Ill. — People are invited to a workshop Tuesday to help make quilts for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project.

The Home of the Brave Quilt Project was founded in 2004 in California as a way to honor fallen soldiers. In 2005, Sandi Carstensen, of Clinton, was contacted by the founder to be the state of Iowa coordinator. In 2007, Carstensen took over as the national coordinator of the project.

Quilt makers all over the country work to make these quilts, by stitching blocks and tops. Carstensen said this project is an important way to offer support to the families who have lost a loved one in the military.

“The families have paid the ultimate price,” said Carstensen.

She said the organization feels like acknowledging the loss with a quilt is one thing they can do. She said when the families receive the quilts, whether in person or through the mail, they are often touched and shocked.

“They can’t believe that total strangers care,” said Carstensen.

Carstensen said she spends her time organizing the project and keeping the Web site, http://www.homeofthebravequilts.com, up to date. She said she recently added a request form to the Web site. With this addition, families or people who know of families who have lost a loved one serving in the military can contact the organization and request a quilt. Carstensen said this is a good addition because locating the families can be the hardest part of the entire procedure.

Carstensen said they have organized the workshop on Tuesday, March 31 in order to get the large quantity of blocks sewn into quilts. The workshop will be held at Susan’s Calico Creations, 1108 Fourth St., Fulton, Ill., from noon to 8 p.m.

“We need lots of help, not only with making the blocks, making the tops and getting them quilted. We also need help with postage,” said Carstensen. She said one quilt requires an average of $13 for mailing expenses. Carstensen said she hopes people can make it out the workshop.