You can see I have a good 3/4" to 1" clearance around the outer extremities of my block design, so for me this was an important question. With a good 1/4" seam allowance, the design will still stand in its own space.
Phew! After a quick e-mail to V (isn't technology great!) all the blocks will be 10" finished. So I've gone ahead and pressed down my pieces and am ready to sew them down.
Now I'm no expert in applique, but I have fallen foul of this in the past, I'm sure the experts amongst you will point us in right direction.
To Sum it up: Make sure your design fits into a 10" frame so it
doesn't get lost in the seams!
Thanks Trudi for the post and info! -- V