How about a stab at hand applique? The possiblities are endless! I was never much of a fan, but have started to catch the applique bug! my AhHA moment was when I found a technique that takes little prep of the pieces.
Here is a link to a tutorial...I sew the other way. I think she is left handed. I like a straw needle and silk thread. Silk can be hard to find, but any thin thread that you like is a great starter. I also don't mark my pieces on top. I may try that. I usually just turn the piece over to see how close I am to the marked pattern on the back. When I get my design traced, all I need is needle, thread and small pair of scissors. Hope your surgery goes well. Come chat with us in the chat room when you are able!