There are many ways to recycle and avoid adding trash to the landfill. Some are obvious and come easily to mind--aluminum cans and plastic bottles. But some fall into the category of "Whoever would have thought of that?"
The Azalea City Quilters Guild has such a project as the last one. It's called "Pet Pillows," and by using the quilters' leftover materials, has provided 80-90 sleeping pillows for animals in shelters each year for the past four years.
The project was started in 2011 by ACQG member Sandra Black, who got the idea from her sister in Summerdale. Chaired now by Bonnie Johnson, it requires that the 230 ACQG members cut their small, unusable scraps of cotton fabric and batting into 1" pieces.
Bonnie collects the tiny squares, stuffs them into an ordinary pillow case, sews it shut, then slips it into another case that can be removed. Her husband Ron distributes a collection of the pillows each month to Mobile SPCA, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, Mobile County Animal Shelter and Project PURR.
As pets are adopted or are picked up by their owners, the outer pillow case is removed and washed, ready for a new pet to sleep on as he waits for a loving family to adopt him.