Bethany Reynolds was our last visitor at Clamshell Quilt Guild (Waterford, CT) Her "Stack and Whack" technique has rather evolved over the years.
Who would have thought to make a flower out of hot peppers. (Click for closer view.)
This is not a Bethany Reynolds jacket. I was sitting next to Pat Fraser who had made this attractive jacket, using the "stitch on a sweatshirt" technique. One buys a sweatshirt one or 2 sizes too large, then open at all the seams so the sweatshirt lies flat. Cut an opening in the center front. Start stitching the fabrics down with a machine. In this case, Pat stitches various favorite fabrics in a long 2-inch line, stitched that down, then added a line of black, then repeated the entire process. When fabric totally covers the sweatshirt, you put the seams back together and add bias around the edges. It always comes out looking great! I am sure many of you have done this. Caution: Use a sweatshirt a couple of sizes too large for you, or you will end up giving the jacket to a smaller person.
(Alternatively, one can apply the fabric in a Crazy Quilt style.)