Lay out a piece of backing fabric, right side down (I used white muslin). Top it with cotton batting. My starting piece here is about 15" square. Arrange jeans strips on top.
I used tape as my guide to stitch straight lines from upper left to lower right. The tape also helped the seams slide under the presser foot. I moved the tape for each successive row.
Next, wavy lines from upper right to lower left.
Collect the lace scraps, and fire up the camera. Now comes the time sink, Playing with lace on denim is enthralling. Taking pictures of every option is annoying - while creating, I hate to stop for photography. But it's worth it. If you're anything like me, you'll wind up with a zillion possibilties and it will be EXTREMELY difficult to choose (or remember) just one
Digital images give me a good sense of how things actually look, as opposed to how I wish or imagine they look. It's especially helpful to pause the project for a few days before looking at the photos again.
What follows is an abbreviated slide show of my many experiments, which range from the horrible to the sublime...
Experiment 1: Vintage crocheted doily square in a square.
Experiment 2: Three lacy pieces.
Experiment 9: Sideways overgrown garden with flowers
Experiment 10: Dug up the dang garden, and went back to the first doily, now on point
Experiment 11: First doily with lone beanstalk.
After a digestion period, I looked at my images, and the best choice was obvious.
Next question: What will I do with it? This would have been a lovely memory piece if I'd used only my own family's jeans and laces. But as it is, they are the jeans and laces of strangers. I think this would make an interesting table mat, pillow, wallhanging, challah cover. Suggestions welcomed! Whatever it becomes, it was a ton of fun, and my many photos of the alternatives may provide fodder for future denim-and-lace projects.