After a couple of weeks on the design board while I weighed my options I finally took this piece to my machine yesterday and added the needles using free-motion stitching. And it went better than I thought it would. So it is finished.
One big stump hole is filled in. It makes the turn in the driveway easier. And the day lilies will fill in now that there is more sunshine.
The other big stump hole and all the chipped wood and bark still need to be dealt with. and quickly if I want to fill in with ferns. I would like to plant a hydrangea as a memorial.
The other two stumps will soon be hidden by bracken and then life goes on but not quite the same without these four giants. I have this piece as a reminder and the making of it helped me with the sadness of losing four gorgeous trees.