A while ago I told the Internet about the difficulties I was having with batting (wadding) for a table runner. After that, a kind person (that would be Imagingermonkey!) undertook to send me a sample of the batting you can use for a table runner.
What a difference there is between this:
(which is lightweight polyester batting as purchased in John Lewis, kind of fluffy)
(which is cotton batting sent to me in elucidation, like a thick flannelette sheet.)
If only I had known, I would never have tried to stitch the first one into my runner! And I would have waited till I had some of the second one before finishing my runner (now nicely top-stitched, but not quilted at all).
Still, it's only partly my fault. Impatience is my fault. But Sew Hip magazine, being aimed at beginner and improver sewists, could have defined more exactly what was meant by "natural batting". And also, the staff in John Lewis haberdashery dept should really have known what was meant when I asked for "natural batting". Especially because I did explain, to two sales-ladies, what I wanted to use it for.
Earlier this year I laughed and laughed my way through Things I Learned from Knitting (whether I wanted to or not) I particularly smiled at the section on assuming a new knitter knows absolutely nothing, as I had myself once tried to knit from a skein without first winding it into a ball. (Oi! Stop sniggering over there!)
Obviously the same applies to sewing. I am a new-ish sewist when it comes to producing a quilted item, and therefore there is no such thing as too much information.