By Debby Stricker
Rachel Hagene has moved her Montgomery Jane Kids Studio from her home in Pinckneyville to a Nashville business site. She has rented a space in the Derrick building on E. St. Louis St. that had formerly been the C & C Realty office.
Hagene said that the business that she started in January 2020 was taking over her house, so it was time to move it to another location.
Hagene makes baby quilts, blankets, and loviees with ribbons for sensory. The items are personalized with appliqueed names. She also appliques designs on kids jean jackets.
Hagene’s business has its roots in making quilts and blankets with ribbons for her daughter, Montgomery Jane, so that became the name of the business.
When she underwent two hip replacements, Hagenefound that sewing was something she could do.
Making the blankets renewed Hagene’s love of creativity and sewing. She has a college degree in fashion design, but had not worked in that field.
Her mother Sara Meinert, aunt Connie Frerker, and cousin, Grace Ruehl also help Hagene with the business.
Montgomery Jane does not have set business hours, but people are welcome to come to the Studio when it is open.
Hagene and her husband Scott also have other children, Brylee, 13, Ridge, 1.