Thanks to @burgers79 for the tweet link to this article from The Guardian - they posted five short stories from women who made quilts for their loved ones for various occasions. Grab a box of tissues, but be sure to read through these neat stories. I bet if we were to all give our own mini-accounts, we'd hear similar things.
I do like hand-quilting for the exact reason Alison Finch mentions: "It takes about three months to hand-stitch my quilts, and all the time I'm stitching I'm consciously stitching love into them. When you make a quilt for someone, they are wrapped in your love - like a magic protection."
What does quilting mean to you?