Looking at the pattern for Hugs and Kisses, the outer pieced border was done with all O’s, and an optical illusion effect made the X’s. Also, the design called for each O to be constructed with two different fabrics except for the corners.
See it here
I tried that on the design wall and it just didn’t grab me.
I much preferred the corners as O’s with the center of the strip done in X’s.
I am now sewing each X block, starting at the bottom and have completed the bottom center and two bottom corners.