Our answer, as you might expect, is pretty drastic: cut them up and be creative!
Well, that's just what many of our customers do and we're constantly amazed at the innovative pieces they create. And because not everybody is a quilter, when ever we can we like to show other uses for our fabrics - such as clothing, bags and accessories, upholstery - you name it.
So, if you're proud of a textile creation that you've made using our fabrics, please email us a high quality digital image. Time permitting, we'll try to get it up on this page for everyone to admire.
It's always a treat when Alison takes a break from making quilts for family and friends and volunteers to make a small sample quilt for The African Fabric Shop.
We've had this wallhanging on the stand recently at World Textile Days and it's really attracted some attention.
Alas, Alison used up the last of Pam Stallebrass's baobab panels, so this piece can't be replicated in kit form.
The other fabrics are all on the website, though:
Steff's wallhanging - 3 metres long and 5 years in the making! - is absolutely beautiful.
Her title comes from a satirical article 'How to Write About Africa' in Granta magazine.
We love your quilt, Steff.
You should very proud.
Alison and Magie met through quilting, but they share a love of Africa as well. Alison lived in Africa for many years - Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Eritrea - and now we're neighbours in Meltham.
Alison has attached a panel on the back of this wonderful quilt, which says it all.
With many thanks to:
120 x 120 cm
View and buy: Christine Kibuka's Mitumba embroidered panels
Prolific Isobel has done it again.
Notice all those wonderful African wax print fabrics - our favourite, of course!
View and buy: African Wax Prints
Micaela's done a wonderful job of showing off our hand-dyed Amafu fabric from South Africa.
Thanks for the image, Micaela. Well done.
View and buy: Amafu hand-dyes from South Africa